02/16/13 - 9:56pm
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The officer allowed Joe Welch to finish his prime rib before taking him into custody.
A few hours earlier, on June 26, Seldovia, Alaska, Police Chief Shad Haller received a call from the Alaska Fugitive Task force informing him that a Wyoming escapee was probably working in his jurisdiction. Welch had no idea he was being watched until he got up to pay for his dinner.
The officer approached Welch and advised him of the warrant. Welch had been on the lam for 31 years.