Psychologist and Escaped Patient to Be Extradited from Vegas

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(KARK) – According to the District Attorney in Clark County, Nevada, former Arkansas State Hospital employee Michelle Messer and patient Cory Chapin will be extradited back to Arkansas. 

The State Hospital Police Department says the process to extradite Messer and Chapin to Arkansas could take up to a week or longer. 

More information to come. 

Original story: 

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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