The breaking-and-entering suspect who eluded McDowell deputies Tuesday is facing charges in four counties and two other suspects were apprehended in connection with his arrest, according to a report released Thursday from the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office.
Detective Billie Brown of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Christopher Wade Shuping, 21, of Hopper Road in Rutherfordton, with possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of burglary tools and attempted breaking and entering. He was taken into custody in lieu of a $40,000 bond.
Shuping was wanted in Rutherford County for no operator’s license and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, in Catawba County for two probation violations and in Burke County for breaking and entering and felony larceny.
Brown said, shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday, Shuping and a friend, Jessica Lea Vandyke, of Devenny Place in Caser, attempted to break into the residence of Richard Crisp on Nix Creek Road while Crisp was inside. He saw them prying on a window and notified authorities.
The pair left and went to nearby Crisp Drive, where they had a dispute with an acquaintance, and deputies were again notified.
Shuping and Vandyke left the scene in a green Geo Prism to Lytle Mountain Road and ditched the car. Shuping fled into the woods, setting off a 24-hour manhunt by the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, the N.C. Highway Patrol, the U.S. Forest Service, Marion Police Department, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, and the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles. They were also assisted by McDowell County EMS.
Deputies arrested Vandyke sitting on a homeowner’s porch and charged her with felony attempted breaking and entering. She was taken into custody in lieu of a $30,000 bond.
Brown said Shuping left McDowell County overnight Tuesday, allegedly with the aid of Susan Condon Hudgins, 59, who Shuping lives with on Hopper Road in Rutherfordton.
Shuping and Hudgins then went to Burke County, and deputies there arrived at a residence, which belonged to friends of Shuping’s, on Mineral Springs Mountain Road.
The suspect ran out the back door, but with the help of a K-9, officers located and apprehended him a short time later, authorities said.
Hudgins was charged in McDowell with resisting, obstructing and delaying an officer and was taken into custody in lieu of a $2,500 bond.