WAUSAU PILOT AND REVIEW
A man sought in connection with the murder of an 88-year-old Portage man has been arrested in Madison, police say.
Robert Pulvermacher, 68, was taken into custody at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday outside a business on the city’s East Side. Pulvermacher is accused of stabbing Harold Johnson to death Jan. 13. Pulvermacher faces charges of first degree intentional homicide in Sauk County Circuit Court. Charges were filed Jan. 18.
Police said Johnson was found in his vehicle at in a lot behind the Ho-Chunk Casino, Baraboo, after being reported missing by family two hours earlier.
Pulvermacher, who was under community supervision with the Department of Corrections at the time of Johnson’s death, has a lengthy criminal history that includes convictions for various crimes in Adams and Juneau Counties and an escape from a federal minimum security prison in Duluth, Minn., according to a Wisconsin State Journal report.
Court filings show Pulvermacher was in 1999 sentenced to 11 years in prison in Adams County on charges of first-degree reckless endangerment and firearm possession by a felon following his arrest there after Pulvermacher pointed a gun at a deputy during a struggle.
Police say Pulvermacher had stolen the gun from a town constable in Juneau County three days earlier. He received a 3½-year prison sentence for illegal gun possession in that incident. His Adams County sentence also included 11 years of probation for false imprisonment, WSJ reports.
In 1998, Pulvermacher was questioned as a possible suspect in the death of the Rev. Alfred Kunz, whose body was found in a school adjacent to St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Dane. That case remains unsolved.
Pulvermacher was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 23 after a tip from a plow driver who reported seeing suspicious activity, police said. Officers responded and discovered footprints in the snow that led them to Pulvermacher, who was hiding behind a bush.
He was taken into custody without incident.