CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP/PIX11) — A northeastern Pennsylvania man says he’s been stopped at least 20 times by authorities who have mistaken him for the suspect in a trooper’s killing.
James Tully, 39, of Canadensis, says he was once held at gunpoint in an encounter that left him fearing for his life.
Tully walks to work through the rural search area because he doesn’t own a car. He also wears a backpack, an item police believe suspect Eric Frein has also carried.
Police have been looking for Frein for more than a month. He’s charged with killing one state trooper and seriously wounding another in a late night ambush.
Trooper Tom Kelly, a state police spokesman, said Thursday the agency investigates any formal complaints about alleged mistreatment. He says no such complaint has been filed.
A GoFundMe called “Help James get to work safe” was started Wednesday for Tully. The fundraising campaign hopes to provide the man with a car, which will get him to work faster. Because Tully is stopped by authorities so frequently, his commute to work is about two hours each way, NBC News reported.
“Wonderful things are happening for James! Because of all ur [sic] kindness!!” the page reads.
As of Thursday evening, $10,428 was raised for the Eric Frein lookalike — far more than the $2,500 fundraising goal.