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Manhunt continues Friday for suspect in slashing incident

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Pedro Oliveira Jr.
August 21, 2009

Walworth County officials continue searching Friday for a man suspected of cutting the throat of the man he lived with before fleeing on foot early Thursday morning.


Martin J. Nelson, 22, is suspected of slashing the throat of Michael L. Obinger, 60, at about 5 a.m. Thursday at the residence they shared at W6577 Kettle Moraine Drive in La Grange Township southeast of Whitewater, according to officials.


Obinger suffered a “deep cut” that authorities considered potentially life-threatening. He was treated at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn and transported with critical injuries to Froedert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Wauwatosa. He was in satisfactory condition Thursday afternoon.


Nelson fled on foot and Obinger called the sherriff's office, officials said.


Undersheriff Kurt Picknell said there were no updates as of Friday morning, but the search has now expanded to include parts of Rock and Jefferson counties, and other surrounding areas.


A ground and air search that included dogs and a police helicopter started right away. An automated phoning system was used to call area residents and notify them about the incident and the search, Picknell said. Authorities have also searched farm fields with dogs and a helicopter but found nothing, Picknell said.


The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. He is described as 6 feet 2 inches and 165 pounds with short blonde hair and blue eyes.


Anyone who sees the suspect is asked to call 911 immediately or contact the Walworth County Sheriff's Office at (262) 741-4400



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