06/28/12 - 2:02pm
ANCHORAGE — A Wyoming man who escaped from state custody 31 years ago has been arrested in Alaska.
Seldovia Police Chief Shad Haller arrested Joseph Welch, 57, while Welch was eating dinner Monday evening by himself at the Tide Pool Restaurant.
"I had seen him around and made contact," Haller said Thursday.
"I cuffed him and told him I had a warrant," Haller said. "He really seemed a little puzzled."
When Haller explained the basis for the warrant, Welch said, "Oh, that was 31 years ago," according to Haller.