Sources: Chicago fugitive wanted for FBI informant’s murder
By KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org May 2, 2013 9:18PM
This 2011 photo released by the FBI in Chicago shows Illinois fugitive Paris Poe, 33, of Chicago, who is wanted in a federal murder investigation. Police and FBI agents are searching for Poe, who was last seen at a Country Inn & Suites in the Madison-area town of Fitchburg, Wis., Thursday morning May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/FBI)
Updated: June 4, 2013 6:46AM
A Chicago man who sources say was wanted in connection with the murder of an FBI informant in the south suburbs last month has been arrested after a manhunt in Wisconsin.
Paris Poe, 33, was arrested by a SWAT team on a Madison highway shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday, following a day-long search that saw several schools locked down.
An FBI spokeswoman said Poe was wanted for a parole violation and for questioning in a murder investigation, declining to give further details.
But law enforcement sources told the Sun-Times the murder investigators want to talk to Poe about is that of 27-year-old Keith Daniels, an alleged federal informant killed outside his Dolton home on the evening of April 14. Investigators believe Daniels was killed because of his cooperation, the sources said.
He was shot multiple times just yards from his apartment in the 15600 block of South Greenwood and was declared dead soon after at St. Margaret Hospital in Hammond, Ind., according to the Lake County Coroner.
The FBI offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to Poe’s arrest last week, but did not offer specifics about why they wanted to speak with him.
A break in the case came Thursday morning, when he was spotted at a hotel in the Madison suburb of Fitchburg, prompting authorities to swarm the area. FBI agents said they believed Poe was possibly armed with a handgun.
“We are urging anyone who may see something suspicious, if they see something that’s amiss in their backyard and they’re in this area, please call us,” FBI spokesman G.B. Jones said at a news conference.
Police converged on the hotel but missed Poe by 10 minutes, Jones said. Someone at the hotel apparently tipped Poe off, Jones said.
The FBI released photos taken from security-camera footage and upped their reward to $20,000 before Poe was nabbed.
Poe was convicted of aggravated battery and robbery in 2009 and paroled in June 2011, records show.
John Bentz, 87, lives in a subdivision near the hotel in a house with a front door plastered with National Rifle Association stickers. He said he didn’t know anything was amiss until he turned on the television news and saw a story about Poe. His son checked his garage to make sure Poe was not hiding in it, he said.
“I thought, ‘Holy crap, this is right in our backyard,’” Bentz said. “This guy must be pretty dangerous. My God.”
The daylong manhunt for Poe prompted several Madison-area schools to lock down for at least a few hours but no injuries were reported.
Daniels was murdered a mile from the spot where federal informant Timothy Forrest was gunned down while wearing a wire in 2006 — a case only finally resolved a month ago when Forrest’s killer was sentenced to 80 years behind bars.
Campaigners for tougher laws controlling police use of informants told the Sun-Times last month that Forrest’s case showed the unnecessarily risky situations informants are sometimes placed in.
Contributing: AP writer Todd Richmond