Judge sets $250K bail for man accused in Sauk Co. casino stabbing

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)--- A man accused of stabbing an 88-year-old man five times in a casino parking lot appeared in a Sauk County courtroom for his initial appearance and bail hearing Thursday afternoon.

A Sauk County judge set a $250,000 cash bail for Robert Pulvermacher.

Pulvermacher is accused in the death of 88-year-old Harold Johnson, who was found with five stab wounds in his vehicle in the parking lot of the Ho-Chunk Casino in Delton on Jan. 14

After nine days on the run, Robert Pulvermacher was arrested near Pulvermacher Cartage Trucking Company on Madison's eastside. A snow plow driver called 911 and said he saw someone dropped off there and reported it as suspicious.

The owner of the trucking company released the following statement after Pulvermacher's arrest Wednesday morning:

Vernon Pulvermacher, owner of Pulvermacher Cartage of WI, LLC said, “On behalf of the Pulvermacher family, I want to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Johnson. This entire episode saddens our hearts. I want to thank the employees of Pulvermacher Cartage of WI for being alert and proactively notifying law enforcement of the appearance of a fugitive-at-large. We could not ask for a more responsible group of employees. While Robert is a relative, he is not employed at our company and has no connection to the business. We are and will continue to work proactively with law enforcement as they investigate this case. We ask that anyone in the public who has information about this case, please reach out to the proper authorities.”

Last Friday, a first degree intentional homicide charge was filed against him in Sauk County Court.