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MADISON (WKOW) -- The fugitive from Illinois who sparked a day-long manhunt in Madison has been booked into the Dane County Jail. He was taken into custody around 7:00 p.m. in Madison and taken to the jail around 10:00 p.m.

Paris Poe, 33, was wanted for questioning in a federal gang-related murder case in Illinois. In his booking photo, Poe now has a shaved head. Officers say he shaved his head while in the Madison area to change his appearance. Security camera photos from a Fitchburg hotel released to the public Thursday show Poe with dreadlocks and longer hair.

According to Madison Police, Poe does not face any charges in Wisconsin. He has a previous conviction for a 2009 aggravated battery and robbery and was also wanted for a parole violation.

Dane County officials will hold Poe until he's likely returned to Illinois by the FBI.


MADISON (WKOW)-- The manhunt is over. After a full day of searching for Illinois fugitive Paris Poe, officials have him in custody.

Madison Police say Poe was arrested around 7:00 pm Thursday night. Police say a tip led them to Poe who was near Highway 30 between Fair Oaks Avenue and Highway 51 on Madison's East side. Officers found him in a white four-door sedan and executed a traffic stop by pointing weapons at his vehicle and ordering him out of the car.

Poe was wanted for questioning in a federal gang-related murder case in Illinois. He also has a previous conviction in 2009 for aggravated battery and robbery. Officials say he was also wanted for a parole violation.

Investigators had information that Poe was going to be in the Madison area Thursday morning. After releasing his photograph to the public several witnesses saw him in the city of Fitchburg. One person witnessed him walking outside of Copp's grocery store. Another person reported seeing him at a nearby hotel. Police later found surveillance video at the hotel that confirmed he had been there.

Shortly after noon an FBI swat team surrounded a home on Nesbitt Road in Fitchburg but found nothing. Agents say they were just one step behind Poe several times throughout the day.

"This morning we attempted to make an arrest of Paris Poe in Madison and we missed him by just a couple of hours. We developed some information that lead us to a hotel here in Fitchburg and missed him by about ten minutes when he was tipped off by somebody else," FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge G.B. Jones says.

Madison police say Poe is in custody and is still in the Madison area. Being that Poe was not convicted of any crimes in Fitchburg or in Madison it's likely he will be transferred back to Illinois.

Police say a woman was in the car with Poe when he was arrested. We're told she's likely an acquaintance. Officers say Poe had also shaved his head.


MADISON (WKOW) --- A fugitive search for what authorities called a dangerous criminal ended Thursday around 7 p.m. when 33-year old Paris Poe was arrested during a high risk traffic stop.

Madison Police lieutenant Cory Nelson tells 27 News Poe was traveling in a white, four-door sedan when the car was stopped by officers from several agencies.

Nelson says Poe had shaved his head to change his appearance. He was also traveling with a woman.

FBI agents and other law enforcement officers had searched Madison and Fitchburg all day for Poe, who was wanted by a Chicago federal task force as a fugitive from an armed robbery sentence, and also as a person of interest in a federal homicide case.


FITCHBURG (WKOW) -- Authorities say a massive manhunt continues for convicted armed robber Paris Poe, whose appearances in Fitchburg Thursday prompted more than a dozen FBI agents and other law enforcement officers to swarm a three square mile area in search of the fugitive.

Authorities say the search for Poe flows from a Chicago area federal task force, as Poe has allegedly violated the terms of his parole in an Illinois conviction. Authorities also say the task force specializes in gang-related murders, and say Poe is also wanted in connection to federal homicide investigation.

FBI Special Agent G. B. Jones of Milwaukee told reporters in Fitchburg he had no additional information on the federal murder case.

Smith says investigators received information two days ago Poe was believed to be in the Madison area. Smith says authorities pinpointed Poe to Fitchburg's Country Inn & Suites hotel, but officers arrived ten minutes too late to apprehend him Thursday. Authorities distributed photos of Poe taken from the hotel's security cameras.

Staff member Sue Neuhauser of Gymfinity on Nesbitt Road near the hotel tells 27 News she spotted someone fitting Poe's description walking in the road. Neuhauser says she was unaware of the fugitive search at the time, but later gave information to responding police.

Shortly after noon, portions of Nesbitt Road were blocked off and a SWAT team of FBI agents in camouflage staged and surrounded a home at 6354 Nesbitt Road.

Eyewitness Jim White says the heavily armed agents stormed the house, but an FBI spokesperson says Poe was not found inside.   

Jones says Poe had an association with someone living in the home. Thursday evening, a man at the home told 27 News reporter Gordon Severson he did not know Poe, and said agents had even removed some of the home's insulation in their search for the fugitive.

Jones says Poe was sighted near the Copps grocery store on Maple Grove Road early Thursday afternoon. Officers with a search dog scoured the area, with the dog being presented frequently with a piece of clothing to focus on a scent.

Businesses along Nesbitt Road, and a half dozen schools in Madison, Fitchburg and Verona were locked down at times during the nearly day long search.

Owner Marty Foxhanfeld of It's Your Party tells 27 News an automated call from officials notified her business about the fugitive search.

"We were not told to lock down," Foxhanfeld says. "We locked ourselves down and stayed as safe as we could."


FITCHBURG (WKOW) -- The FBI continues to lead a massive manhunt in Fitchburg and South Madison for Paris Poe, a man listed on the FBI's Most Wanted list who authorities say should be considered extremely dangerous.

Authorities have scheduled a 4:00 p.m. news conference to give an update.

At a 2:10 p.m. news conference, the FBI said they believe Poe, who they think is traveling on foot, was last seen around noon near the Copps grocery store at the corner of McKee Rd. and Maple Grove Dr.

Federal investigators say Poe is wanted for unlawful flight to avoid confinement in Illinois, and that a federal task force on gang-related crime is interested in talking with Poe related to a murder investigation. He was previously convicted of aggravated battery and robbery in Cook County, Illinois.

Stay tuned to WKOW and www.wkow.com for the latest.


FBI officials confirm the suspect authorities are searching for in Fitchburg is one of FBI's Most Wanted, Paris Poe.

Dane County Communications earlier sent an alert to nearly 30,000 people in Fitchburg to alert them of a dangerous person in the area.

Poe was last seen at the Country Inn at 6275 Nesbitt Road. He is believed to be on foot. The FBI told 27 News that Poe is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone coming in contact with Poe is urged to avoid him and call 911 immediately.  The description on the FBI's web site states Poe has a tattoo that reads "Chief Hobo" on his upper right arm and another reading "RIP Angie" on his upper left arm.

On April 17, 2013, Poe was charged federally in the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division with unlawful flight to avoid confinement, and a federal warrant was issued for his arrest.

Poe should be considered armed and dangerous.

Stay with 27 News and wkow.com for updates.


FITCHBURG (WKOW) -- FBI and approximately a half dozen armed officers in swat gear are now on the corner of Nesbitt and Fitchrona, searching for an "extremely dangerous" suspect.

Dane County Communications sent an alert to approximately 30,000 people in Fitchburg, over a three mile radius, to notify them of a dangerous person in the area.

Some businesses in the area, including the Fitchburg Veterinary Hospital, have been told to keep their doors locked and no one is allowed to come in or go out at this time.

Again, the dangerous suspect is described as a black male with dreadlocks, he's approximately 6' and 200 pounds, 30-35 years of age and was last seen wearing a black jacket and jeans.  He is believed to be on foot.

Stay with 27 News and wkow.com for updates.


FITCHBURG (WKOW) -- Dane County Communications says the FBI is in the area of Nesbitt and Fitchrona Roads searching for an "extremely dangerous" suspect.

Assisting in the search with the FBI is the Fitchburg Police Department, Dane County Sheriff's Office and the City of Madison Police Department.

The person is described as a black male with dreadlocks, he's approximately 6' and 200 pounds, 30-35 years of age and was last seen wearing a black jacket and jeans.  He is believed to be on foot.

Again, he is considered "extremely dangerous" and if you come in contact with him, police say to avoid him and immediately call 911.

Stay with 27 News and wkow.com for updates.

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