Doctor and Escaped Arkansas State Hospital Patient Caught in Vegas

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas State Hospital employee and a patient who walked away from the hospital together without authorization on March 20 were both taken into custody Monday morning without incident after being located at a home in North Las Vegas, Nevada.

Michelle Messer, a former psychological examiner at the Arkansas State Hospital, is being held in the Clark County (Nevada) Detention Center on a misdemeanor charge of aiding an unauthorized departure of state hospital patient.  Messer faces an additional felony charge of providing prohibited articles to a patient. 

Cory Chapin is also being detained at the Clark County Detention Center.  Chapin is a patient at the hospital as part of a conditional release program for individuals who are found not guilty due to mental disease or defect.  Chapin will return to the Arkansas State Hospital as part of the conditional release program. 

The Arkansas State Hospital Police tracked Messer and Chapin to Las Vegas.  Messer and Chapin were taken into custody around 8 a.m. (PDT), on March 26, by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. 

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