Father of Mid-Michigan fugitive says his son is afraid

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - The father of a Mid-Michigan fugitive says his son is not a threat to the public even though police say otherwise.

Joshawa Vergason has been on the run since Wednesday morning when police tried to arrest him at his home in Eaton County.

His father tells News 10's Cryss Walker he's afraid of how the manhunt will end.

“Now they got a target on his back,” said Richard Vergason.

The fugitive’s father says his son's troubles started back in July when he was arrested and handcuffed to a hospital bed while recovering from a dog bite.

Vergason Sr. says after four days the cuffs were unlocked and his son escaped custody.

“At the hospital the State Troopers told him that he's going to go to prison for 10 years and that scared him to death,” Vergason Sr. said.

Wednesday State Police went to the 23-year-old's Eaton Rapids home where his father says he escaped from a basement window after hours of negotiations with police.

“Task force people that are supposed to be competent, they were supposed to be on their toes,” Vergason Sr. continued.

"And how did he get away?"

The father of two is charged with resisting and obstructing officers, aggravated assault, and assault on a K-9.

Police say he's armed and dangerous but his father is telling News 10 he's harmless.

“To let the kid go through a window and now you're saying that he's got multiple weapons, he's got shorts on, no shirt, no shoes,” Vergason Sr. explained.

“He's not armed. He's not dangerous. He's a good father to his children.”

Joshawa Vergason was last seen near Bunker Highway and South Smith Road north of Eaton Rapids.

“He's scared,” said his father.

“If that officer would not have told him that he's facing 10 years in prison I could of talked him into turning himself in.”

Authorities say if you see Joshawa Vergason do not approach him and call 911.

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