Paris Poe is on his way back to Illinois.

The Chicago fugitive, who was the focus of a massive manhunt in the Madison area last week, waived his extradition at the Dane County Courthouse last week.

Authorities aren't sure exactly when Poe will leave.

He is wanted for questioning in a federal murder investigation, involving a gang related homicide.

He is also in violation of his parole.



The fugitive subject of an FBI manhunt in the Madison area remains in the Dane County Jail.  Paris Poe is awaiting extradition to Illinois, where he is wanted for questioning regarding a federal murder investigation.

He was arrested last night just after 7. 

Madison Police found Paris Poe on Highway 30 between Fair Oaks and Highway 51. Officers were monitoring a car and saw Poe enter with a woman. Because he was expected to be armed a police SWAT team ordered him from the car at gunpoint and he complied without any incident or injuries.

Madison Police Lt. Cory Nelson says Poe shaved his head before his arrest in an apparent attempt to change his appearance. Police think he may have been heading back to the Chicago area since he was driving towards the interstate.

Police add that he won't face any charges here.

Meanwhile, the Verona Area School District has released a letter regarding their lockdown during the search for Poe.  You can read it here.



7:05 p.m. - WIBA news first to report, the search is over for a fugitive from Illinois. Local police and the F.B.I. looking for Paris Poe and just after 7 Thursday night, dispatchers with Dane County confirm catching the 33-year-old Chicago man during a routine traffic stop on Madison's east side. Poe on the run in this area after being connected to a federal murder investigation in Illinois.


Additional updates can also be found here, thanks to our news partners at NBC 15.


4:27 - Authorities say there is a strong suspicion that Poe is no longer wearing his hooded sweatshirt and may just be wearing a T-shirt now



Fitchburg Mayor Pfaff says the community is safe and children in the schools will be getting home safe. 

FBI says Paris Poe is a regional fugitive but is NOT on the 10 most wanted list for the FBI. 

He was first seen around 11am on surveillance video from the Country Inn & Suites on Nesbitt Rd. (picture below) and the FBI says they missed him by about 10 minutes. 

Since then authorities have been searching a three-mile radius of that area.

The search did shift over to Maple Grove Rd. for some time around the Copp's Grocery Store as there was a report he was seen there. 

At the news conference, the FBI says they do not have vehicle information for him and are actively looking for him in the Nesbitt Rd, Fitchrona Rd and Maple Grove Rd. area.

They continue to solicit help from the community to provide any sightings of Poe.  But again advise to NOT approach him as he is considered armed and dangerous and has been known to use weapons.



At 3:45 pm, all remaining Verona Area elementary school students will be allowed to board buses. At 4:30 pm, all remaining middle school and high school students will be allowed to board buses. There will be increased police presence at all sites.  There will be no late buses.



Authorities will hold another press conference at 4:00pm.

We will have it LIVE on 1310 WIBA thanks to our news partners at NBC 15.



Due to the active search for a homicide suspect in the Verona / Fitchburg / South Madison area, ALL Verona Area School District Schools are in hard lock down (meaning no exit / no entrance). Buses will not be picking up or dropping off students until given the all clear to do so by Fitchburg and Verona PD. It is unknown at this time when that will be.  Students whose parents / guardians come to the school site will be allowed to leave. Parents / Guardians must produce photo identification or other means of verification. All other students, including walkers will not be allowed to leave the building.


2:10 - FBI believes Paris Poe is in the Madison/Fitchburg area because of family.  He's wanted for an armed robbery parole violation and is under investigation for more serious crimes in the Chicago area.  We do consider him armed and dangerous and is a criminal that has used weapons in the past.


This is the latest picture of Paris Poe taken from video at Country Inn & Suites:

2:20 - FBI believes Paris Poe has family in the Madison area as to why he would be here.

Children will be released from school with the supervision of police.


2:03 - We will be carrying the FBI press conference LIVE on 1310 WIBA, thanks to our news partners at NBC 15.


1:30 - The area around Nesbitt and Fitchrona Roads has been cleared.

Authorities are now focused on Maple Grove Rd. by the Copp's Grocery Store.

Verona schools are on lockdown as is Chavez Elementary.



The FBI says it needs the public's help in finding a Chicago man who is on the run.

The FBI announced Tuesday it is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension of Paris Poe. He's also known as Polerowski. Poe is wanted for questioning in a federal murder investigation. An arrest warrant for Poe was filed last week in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

Poe previously has been convicted of aggravated battery and robbery. Federal authorities think he may have fled Illinois. They consider him armed and dangerous. Those with information should contact the FBI in Chicago.

FROM THE FBI: View Document


Nesbitt and Fitchrona Roads are closed as this search continues


Several local authorities are with the FBI at this time looking for an extremely dangerous person.

Local officials are not able to release information to the media as the details are coming from the FBI, but we do know he is described as a black man, with dreadlocks, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, age 30-35, black jacket and jeans.

He was last seen on the cameras of the Ten Pin Alley.  Staff there were told to lock their doors at 11:00 and stay put.  Staff told WIBA News, they are safe and just see a lot of activity in their parking lot.

We will keep you posted with the information as it comes in.