Austin Thomas Hulverson

TAWAS CITY – Iosco County Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified by the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) Parole Office – at about 9 a.m. on Jan. 7 – that Austin Thomas Hulverson, 23, Oscoda, had fled from their office at 420 W. Lake Street (US-23) in Tawas City.

Officers state that they located Hulverson running down Court Street, near Birch Street, approximately ¼-mile from the MDOC Office.

According to those from the sheriff’s office, Hulverson was apprehended after a brief foot chase. 

After he was in custody, employees of nearby Tawas Hardware advised that, just prior, Hulverson was in their store acting suspicious.

Authorities say it was later learned that, directly after Hulverson fled from the MDOC Parole Office, he went to Tawas Hardware and stole a pair of paring scissors, cut off his tether and threw it on a neighboring roof. Hulverson then noticed that officers had spotted him, and he took off running again before he was apprehended.

Hulverson was placed on a Parole Detainer and additionally charged with tampering with an electronic monitoring device, resisting a public officer (parole officer), resisting a police officer and 2nd-degree retail fraud. His charges were also subject to a habitual offender status.

Sheriff’s office representatives note that Hulverson was originally on parole for 3rd-degree criminal sexual conduct.

He is currently being held in the Iosco County jail, on a $50,000 bond.

Those from the sheriff’s office were assisted during the incident by members of the Michigan State Police.