Man dies after break-room argument

A man has allegedly fatally stabbed a co-worker during an argument while they were taking a break at a business in the region.

The Cass County Sheriff's Department said 24-year-old Jan Carlos Velazquez Mendez of Elkhart, Indiana was pronounced dead at the scene at about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday at Ameri-Kart outside of Edwardsburg, along Michigan’s southern border.

The company makes moldable products for the RV and marine industries.

Witnesses told deputies the two men were fighting when they noticed Velazquez was bleeding from his neck, and the suspect was holding a knife.

Velazquez ran from a break room to escape and collapsed from his injuries.

Other workers detained the suspect, a 23-year-old Elkhart man, until deputies arrived.

He's in custody at the Cass County Jail, while prosecutors prepare formal charges. His name hasn't been released.

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