SHAWANO COUNTY – A Shawano County family says it’s living in fear as a man it considered one of its own is on the run from law enforcement.
Shawano County Sheriff’s officials have been looking for 26-year-old Calvin Ossmann for the past five days. They say Osmann stole three vehicles last weekend, caused damage to several other vehicles and led sheriff’s deputies on a high speed chase in a semi.
Diane Enoch says Ossmann had been living with her family on and off for the past 16 years.
“He was just like one of our family,” said Enoch.
That’s why Enoch has a hard time understanding Ossmann’s actions from this past weekend.
Enoch says Ossmann left her family’s house angry Friday night after her husband yelled at him for stealing someone’s wallet.
“15 minutes later a semi pulls in and smashes into our car,” said Enoch. “He backed out and hit our tree, our fence, the tree down over there.”
Enoch says Ossmann ditched the semi and took off. She says he returned to the house Saturday night in a different semi, ramming it several more times into the family vehicle.
“I don’t understand why he’d do something like this,” said Enoch. “He just has a dream of being a trucker because it’s in his blood he says.”
“I believe it was just an opportune type situation,” said Randy Wright, Shawano County’s sheriff. “Keys were available and he just took them.”
Court documents reveal the two semis came from Hoffman Transit.
Sheriff’s officials say they found Ossmann driving one of the semis Sunday night on Highway 45. They say Ossmann led law enforcement on a chase through Clintonville and Belle Plaine. They say Ossmann crashed the semi into a tree and took off on foot.
Sheriff’s officials thought they had Ossmann after he led them on the chase. However, while setting up a perimeter, it started raining heavy, washing away any possible scent for K-9’s to track.
“At this time we have people out in the area,” said Wright.
The Enochs hope sheriff’s deputies see Ossmann again before they do.
“Even now taking the dogs out or anything, I’m afraid to come out,” said Enoch.
Shawano County Sheriff’s officials say Ossmann also took a truck early Friday morning, causing damage to a man’s property.
Twelve charges were filed against Ossmann on Tuesday.
The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department describes Ossmann as about 5’11” and 170 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. Police say Ossmann has cut his hair since the above mug shot was taken and is now more clean-shaven. Officials ask that you call the Shawano County Sheriff’s Office at (715) 526-3111 if you see Ossmann or know where he might be.