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Chicago fugitive jailed after manhunt in Madison

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A fugitive from Chicago is in jail, after a day-long manhunt in Madison.

A police SWAT team arrested 33-year-old Paris Poe just after 7 p.m. Thursday on Highway 30, after a tipster saw him and a woman in a car.

The FBI said Poe was wanted for questioning in a federal murder investigation – but officials would not elaborate on that.

WKOW-TV said Poe the murder was gang-related, and he shaved his head to change his appearance while in Madison. Poe was also wanted for a parole violation, and he’s been charged with crossing state lines to avoid custody.

G.B. Jones of the FBI said Poe was spotted Thursday morning at a hotel on the south edge of Madison. Jones said somebody apparently told Poe that officers were on the way, and they missed him by about 10 minutes.

The FBI then released security camera photos and offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to Poe’s arrest.

Meanwhile, two schools in Madison and all schools in nearby Verona were locked down for 2 to 3 hours Thursday afternoon. Bus service was delayed. Students could leave only if their parents or guardians picked them up.

Poe had been on parole for a 2009 conviction on charges of robbery and aggravated battery. Officials say he will not face any charges in Wisconsin, and he’ll stay in the Madison jail until the FBI sends him back to Illinois.

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