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Crime & Courts

Police arrest Madison, Wisc. homicide suspect at Lyons motel

LYONS – Acting on a tip on Tuesday from police detectives in Madison, Wisc., the Lyons Police Department arrested a suspect in the killing of a man at a Madison Howard Johnson hotel July 19.

Two plainclothes Lyons detectives set up surveillance at the Rodeway Inn, 8640 Ogden Ave., just after 3 p.m. Tuesday. Police were told by the Madison Police Department that the vehicle of their main suspect was possibly seen there.

Lyons police were initially asked to search for the suspect's vehicle, but could not locate it. They then learned he was at the hotel, staying in one of the rooms. An arrest team was assembled with assistance from the Major Case Assistance Team, a region investigative task force.

Marcus Lee, 42, with ties to Illinois and Madison but no known address, was arrested by police after leaving the hotel shortly after 4 p.m.

Madison detectives arrived later to search Lee's hotel room and collect evidence.

According to media reports, Lee was wanted in connection with the daytime fatal shooting of Robert France, of Portland, Ore.

France was gunned down in the parking lot of a Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel in Madison, in what police believe was a drug related killing.

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