Wisconsin murder suspect escapes in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Police in Van Buren say a murder suspect being extradited to Wisconsin escaped after stabbing a guard and stealing a van.

Authorities say 26-year-old Justin Patrick Welch escaped from the private extradition company North Atlantic Extradition about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday and may be in the Little Rock area.

Police Lt. Brent Grill says the van with five inmates stopped to allow them to use the restroom. Grill says while inside Welch stabbed the guard in the hand with a screwdriver-like tool and took the guard's gun.

Outside he fought with another guard and fired several shots before taking the van and driving east on Interstate 40.

The second guard was not hit and the guard who was stabbed was treated and released. The other inmates did not try to escape.

Welch is wanted in the 2009 stabbing death of a woman in Waukesha County, Wisconsin.

A North Atlantic Extradition official said he had no information on the incident

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