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For Immediate Release

September 07, 2018

Nicholas Bonifazi, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Northern District of Iowa (319) 362-4411;

U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Chicago Homicide Suspect Arrested in Iowa

Cedar Rapids, IA – U.S. Marshals arrested in Waterloo Sept. 6 an Illinois man wanted on charges of first-degree murder stemming from a 2016 homicide in Chicago.

The Chicago Police Department identified Chikym Lee as a suspect and issued a warrant for his arrest Aug. 22, 2018.

Believing Lee had fled the state, the U.S. Marshals Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force began the hunt for him. Marshals narrowed in on a location for Lee in Iowa in late August and, working with the U.S. Marshals Service Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force, were able to identify a possible address for Lee in Waterloo.

On the morning of Sept. 6, U.S. Marshals, accompanied by officers from the Waterloo Federal Task Force and the Waterloo Police Department, conducted surveillance on numerous locations throughout Waterloo, and shortly before 6 p.m., Marshals spotted Lee near a residence in the 1200 block of Ravenwood Street and took him into custody without incident.

Lee was transported to the Black Hawk County Jail, where he awaits extradition to Chicago.

The U.S. Marshals Service is the federal government’s primary agency for fugitive investigations. Nationwide, 60 local task forces are dedicated to violent crime reduction by locating and apprehending wanted criminals. These task forces also serve as the central point for agencies to share information on fugitive matters. The Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force is composed of officers from the U.S. Marshals Service, the Linn County Sheriff’s office, Cedar Rapids Police Department, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

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