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Sauk County homicide suspect’s brother prepared to turn him in

BARABOO (WKOW) – The brother of Sauk County homicide suspect Robert Pulvermacher tells 27 News he’s prepared to turn in to police his fugitive brother, if Pulvermacher reaches out to him.

“I’d tell him, ‘You got about fifteen minutes and (then) calling police,” Charlie Pulvermacher tells 27 News.

Sauk County Sheriff’s officials say 68-year old Robert Pulvermacher is a suspect in the death of 88-year old Harold Johnson of Portage, whose body was found in his car Monday in the parking lot of Ho Chunk Casino in Baraboo.  Authorities say both men had been at the casino.  They have yet to reveal any specifics on the manner of death.

Charlie Pulvermacher acknowledges Robert Pulvermacher has a long criminal history that includes burglaries, other property crime and escape.  But he tells 27 News his brother has no history of violence.

“To be quite honest…Bob has respect for the old folks,” Charlie Pulvermacher tells 27 News.  “Bob’s an odd duck, but violent, he’s not.”

“This incident was a senseless and cowardly act against a kind and innocent man,”  Sheriff’s officials say.

Robert Pulvermacher lives in the Town of Middleton.  Charlie Pulvermacher says his older brother was most recently a cab driver, even picking up a family member as a fare in the last month.

“He’s not a bad person,”  Pulvermacher says.

The younger Pulvermacher concedes Robert Pulvermacher has a gambling problem.

“I would suppose you’d call it that,”  Charlie Pulvermacher tells 27 News.  “Our family does.”

Pulvermacher says family members have discouraged Robert Pulvermacher from going to Ho Chuck and other casinos.

“We’ve all tried to talk him out of it, but he just does it, he goes up there, nobody can stop him,”  Charlie Pulvermacher tells 27 News.

Authorities have made no comment on whether any robbery was associated with Johnson’s killing.

More than twenty years ago, Robert Pulvermacher escaped from a federal prison in Duluth and was a fugitive for nearly two weeks.  Charlie Pulvermacher believes his brother would consider surrender, under certain conditions.

“Will he turn himself in? I think after he thinks about it, if he did anything, yes,” Pulvermacher tells 27 News.




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Tony Galli

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