Man stopped for speeding is arrested for Las Vegas homicide

MADISON, Wis. - Madison police thought they were pulling over a man for speeding but ended up catching a man wanted for homicide. 

Taran J. Wilhelmi, 21, was clocked going 102 mph around 10:10 a.m.Thursday. After he was pulled over, police ran Wilhelmi’s record.

“They started running him in the computer to figure out if he was wanted for anything else and up popped a warrant out of Las Vegas for homicide ,” Joel DeSpain, the public information officer for  Madison police said. 

A Las Vegas detective confirmed to Madison police that Wilhelmi’s warrant is fully extraditable, officials said. Wilhelmi was arrested and taken to the Dane County jail. It’s unclear if hewill fight the extradition in court. 

Madison police confirm to News 3 that Wilhelmi has family in the area. He is believed to have graduated from Madison East High School. News 3 contacted one of his family members, who declined to comment. 

The warrant for Wilhelmi was issued by Las Vegas police in June. Many details of the homicide are unclear. 

“Why would he be going 102 mph if, indeed, he knew he was wanted for a homicide in Vegas?” DeSpain said.

Madison police said it’s unclear if Wilhelmi knew he was wanted for homicide. Las Vegas police and the courthouse in Clark County were unreachable as today is a state holiday in Nevada. 




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