Catch 22 Silent Witness Alert William Welch CAPTURED!

    Day 19 of Yavapai Silent Witness’ Catch 22 Program Ryan William  

    Welch in now in custody. Remember, Ryan Welch was wanted on  

    charges of 2nd Degree Burglary and Aggravated Harassment from a  

    March 3, 2019, incident where he shattered a window and a glass door 

    at the victims’ residence while threatening to kill the victims inside. It  

    wasn’t until Welch was shot by one of the victims and tackled to the  

    ground that he stopped trying to gain access to the home. Welch was also wanted on two additional warrants.  


    Acting off of anonymous information from the public a several week-long investigation ensued resulting in Welch being located in Columbus, Ohio. On September 7, 2021, with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service, Welch was taken into custody without incident. Welch is now in the Delaware County Jail in Ohio awaiting extradition back to Yavapai County.  

    See below for the original release.  


    It’s day 19 of Yavapai Silent Witness’ CATCH 22 Program. Today we are asking for your help in locating fugitive Ryan William Welch.  

    On March 3rd, 2019, Welch went to the home of the female victim in the 600 block of La Paloma Ln. in Prescott. At the time, there was a court order in place prohibiting Welch from being at the residence. He began banging on the bedroom window where the victim was. Welch then shattered the window with a rock spraying glass in the victim’s face causing her to bleed. He threatened to kill an adult male victim also inside the house. The male victim fired two shots from a handgun at Welch as he feared for his safety that of other people inside the home.  


    Welch then went to a glass door in the back of the house shattered it with a rock. He entered the house with the large rock still in his hand again threatening to kill the victims. The male victim fired two more shots at Welch and tackled him to the floor. Welch was taken to the hospital and treated for two gunshot wounds and released the next day when he was arrested for this incident by Prescott  Police.  

    Welch has a warrant for 2nd Degree Burglary and Aggravated Harassment. He has an additional warrant for Felony Flight from Law Enforcement and Disorderly Conduct Involving Weapons from a  separate incident. Welch is a 29-year-old white male, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 150 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. He has multiple tattoos to include boxing gloves on his chest.  

    If you provide information leading to Welch’s arrest, you could get up to a $500 cash reward. To earn your reward, you must call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 or submit a tip at Remember, all tips are always anonymous.  

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