By Lisa Pett
While the manhunt continues for Bruce Vossekuil, who is wanted for armed robbery, Joanne Sullivan, 39, appeared via video feed in Portage County Court to face possible charges for allegedly harboring a felon.
On July 10, while deputies combed the area where Vossekuil, 34, of Almond had fled during a high speed chase in Western Portage County, they found a vehicle parked at a vacant home on 15th Rd. in the Town of Almond. The car belonged to Sullivan, who was identified as Vossekuil’s girlfriend.
When questioned by deputies, Sullivan initially denied having any recent contact with Vossekuil and said she had no knowledge of his whereabouts. She claimed she parked the car at the abandoned house due to car trouble and it belonged to a friend named Angela.
She eventually admitted to dating Vossekuil and told deputies that he had been hiding in a camper on property belonging to his sister, Angela Vossekuil, on Heffron Rd. in Almond.
When stopped by the deputies, Sullivan was in possession of a plastic bag that contained tobacco and a marijuana pipe that she admitted was hers. She was arrested on suspicion of harboring a felon and for possession of drug paraphernalia.
In her court appearance, Sullivan described her relationship with Vossekuil as “an abusive relationship that spiraled out of control.”
Judge Thomas Eagon ordered a $500 cash bond for Sullivan and for her to have no contact with Vossekuil or his sister, Angela.
Bruce Vossekuil continues to elude law enforcement. He is about 6 feet tall and about 200 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes, a mustache and a goatee, the Sheriff’s Office said. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. Anyone who sees Vossekuil or a person matching his description is asked to call 911.