Everyone has a twin, so they say, but if you look like the fugitive cop-killer Eric Frein and happen to live in the area where he is holding out in the mountains, your life can have some frightening moments. James Tulley, walks five miles to work every day as he doesn’t own a car, but his walk has been interrupted at least 20 times as cops continually mistake him for the fugitive, according to Fox News on Oct. 24.
When looking at Tully and Frein’s pictures side by side, you can see the uncanny resemblance. Friends are rallying around Tully to help him get through this very bizarre time with the frequent mistaken identity stops from the heavily armed law enforcement agencies scouring the Pocono Mountain region for Frein.
During one stop, the father of two was forced to the ground and had a rifle pointed to his head and that’s not the way anyone wants to start their day, as he was on his way to work. Frein has eluded police since shooting and killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass in a Sept. 12 ambush, according to the Pocono Record.
Police know that Frein is in this heavily wooded area, as he has been spotted a few times, most recently by a woman out walking her dog. The fugitive is a well-trained survivalist and he has managed to use those skills to stay alive and ahead of the many law enforcement agencies that have descended upon the area with the intent of bringing this man to justice.
Because Tully doesn’t have a car, walking in the area makes him a sitting duck for these stops. When Dawn DeBiase Witchy, who lives in the area of this man-hunt, heard of Tully’s plight, she started a Go Fund Me account for James Tully with the goal of raising $2,500 to buy Tully a car and insurance.
The goal is more than doubled with $7,000 in the account as of Thursday morning. Today it is almost a $15,000 and growing. It looks like Tully will have enough money to get a new car and insurance!
The goal of the Go Fund Me campaign is to help get James to work safe and without the fear of looking over his shoulder and seeing a gun pointed at him in another mistaken identity stop. Strangers as far away as West Virginia have donated to his cause.
Tulley has started to wear his driver’s license and his work ID around his neck because of all the frequent stops. On Friday night Tulley embarked on his two-hour walk home from work when he was stopped by a man in camouflage and a tactical vest who was holding a riffle.
The man ordered Tulley to the ground with his arms out wide and demanded he give him his name. When Tully did the man his name he didn’t believe him then the guy ripped his lanyard from around his neck to check his ID as he drove his knee into his back. Tully said the man then said “I will break you right here. What is your name?”
Tully’s thoughts jumped immediately to fear and hope that he would survive this. The man would not release Tully until a state trooper showed up and told the man in military garb that he was telling the truth and he is who he says he is. Tully was seen at the hospital for bruised ribs after this incident.
Chances are that the longer this fugitive alludes law enforcement the shorter the tempers will become and it sounds like the man who looks an awful like the fugitive isn’t safe walking the streets. While he’s gone through a nightmare already because he happens to share his looks with a very dangerous man on the run, he will be riding in style soon!