On Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 9:51 p.m., 18-year-old Jeffery J. Bauman Jr. walked away from the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. Bauman was transported from the Vilas County Jail to St. Joseph’s hospital on Friday, Oct. 25, for medical attention that had caused paralysis of his lower extremities.
On Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 12:41 a.m., Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police located Bauman in Lac du Flambeau and Bauman fled in a vehicle. Bauman crashed the vehicle and fled on foot and officers pursued him. Bauman was taken into custody at 3:02 a.m. without incident.
Bauman has new charges for escape, fleeing an officer, recklessly endangering safety (felony charges). It is anticipated additional arrests will follow pursuant to this investigation for those assisting Bauman with his escape from custody.
The Vilas County Sheriff’s Department and Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police were assisted by personnel from the Woodruff police, Minocqua police and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department.