Fillmore uses tip to arrest Austin man wanted in warrants

Published 8:20 am Monday, October 30, 2017


Thanks to a tip, the Fillmore County Sheriff’s deputies apprehended a man wanted in connection with Mower County warrants on Thursday — after they found him reading about his misdeeds on a public library computer.

Steven Holm, 34, is being held in the Mower County Jail on charges filed in three counties, from failing to appear in court in Fillmore and Blue Earth counties, to drug possession, assault, damage to property and other charges in Mower County.

According to several news reports, deputies tried to apprehend Holm at a rural home near Spring Valley the day before, but despite the efforts of numerous law enforcement officers from several agencies, he could not be found.

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But on Thursday, the sheriff’s office received a tip that Holm was walking into the Spring Valley Public Library. When they arrived, they found him reading a story about the search being conducted to find him.

Holm appeared in Mower County Court Friday morning on charges filed in 2015 — disorderly conduct, fourth-degree damage to property and fifth-degree assault — as well as a felony fifth-degree drug possession charge filed in April; and a speeding and felony fleeing a police officer charge, filed in September.

Bail was set, without conditions, at $100,000 on the April charge, and $50,000 on the September charges. He is being held without bail on the 2015 cases.