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Authorities: Fugitive in custody, 8-hour manhunt over

Published On: May 02 2013 12:06:45 PM CDT   Updated On: May 03 2013 05:11:36 PM CDT
Paris Poe

Paris Poe


Police said the Madison-area manhunt for Paris Poe -- wanted by the FBI in connection with a federal murder investigation -- is over. Poe was apprehended on the far east side, a police spokesman said.

According to the Madison and Fitchburg police, Poe, 33, of Chicago, was taken into custody at 7:05 p.m. by a SWAT team during a high-risk traffic stop.

Authorities said the eight-hour search ended without injuries on Highway 30 between Fair Oaks Avenue and Highway 51. Madison police Lt. Cory Nelson said police pointed weapons at the vehicle and ordered Poe out of the car.

Nelson said Poe was traveling with a woman and had shaved his head to change his appearance.

The search began in Madison at about 11 a.m. Thursday, after authorities said Poe was reported to be in the Madison area staying with friends. FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge G.B. Jones described Poe as armed and dangerous, saying he was likely carrying a handgun. Police searched Fitchburg and west Madison for hours, believing Poe to be on foot.

Surveillance footage placed Poe at the Country Inn & Suites on Nesbitt Road Thursday morning. Police arriving at the hotel missed Poe by 10 minutes, authorities said.

During the search, area businesses closed and schools locked down.

Authorities -- including FBI agents, state investigators, sheriff’s deputies, Madison, Fitchburg and other local police -- plus K9 teams searched the surrounding areas and located a sweatshirt believed to be worn by Poe.

Poe was convicted in 2009 for aggravated battery and robbery, and was sought for questioning in a federal murder investigation. A federal warrant for his arrest was issued April 17.

The FBI also offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to Poe’s capture about an hour before he was taken into custody.

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