Madison, WI – On Friday, November 4, the U.S. Marshals Service captured a fugitive near the 4400 block of East Broadway Service Rd. near Monona.
Kolby Smith, 24, was wanted on multiple warrants from various jurisdictions with charges of felon in possession of a firearm, use of a dangerous weapon, possession of an illegal article, 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety, a parole violation and battery.
On October 28th, the U.S. Marshals’ Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force (GLRFTF) in the Western District of Wisconsin developed a potential location for Smith in Beloit, WI.
Members of the GLRFTF and Beloit Police Department attempted to arrest Smith at a local carwash, but Smith entered a vehicle and fled at a dangerous rate of speed. That vehicle was later discovered abandoned.
Later that day, Smith contacted the GLRFTF and stated he was not going back to prison and would make every effort to further elude law enforcement.
On November 4th, the GLRFTF identified a Madison hotel where Smith was believed to be staying under an alias. While GLRFTF members attempted to locate Smith’s whereabouts within the hotel, he was spotted exiting the lobby into the parking lot.
After fleeing on foot, law enforcement officers where able to safely apprehend Smith in a nearby business parking lot where he was taken into custody without further incident.
Located in plain view on one of the beds in Smith’s hotel room was a loaded 9mm Glock handgun (later determined to be stolen), 851.6 grams of methamphetamine and 15 grams of an unknown powder.
Smith was booked into the Dane County Jail on all his outstanding warrants and faces new charges of felon in possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine, resisting arrest, and fleeing and eluding.
The Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force in this arrest was comprised of Officers from the Dane County Sheriff’s Department, the Verona Police Department, Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department with additional assistance from the Fitchburg Police Department.
The United States Marshals Service is the federal government’s primary agency for fugitive investigations.
Anyone with information on wanted fugitives is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office, the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102, or USMS Tips.