Murder convict captured: US Marshals take Dwayne Chaney into custody

Dwayne Chaney

MILWAUKEE -- U.S. Marshals on Monday night, October 23rd arrested Dwayne Chaney, four days after authorities say he cut off his GPS bracelet during his own murder trial -- skipping out on a $250,000 signature bond.

He was arrested on Milwaukee's northwest side by U.S. Marshals, officials with the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, the Milwaukee Police Department, and the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation.

Officials tracked him after a foot chase and perimeter search.

US Marshals said information was developed to indicate Chaney was hiding out in the area of 96th and Thurston. Marshals said "Chaney and his girlfriend, Zuri London, saw law enforcement officers approaching their vehicle and a brief foot chase ensued. Chaney was found hiding inside a garbage can. Zuri London was found hiding under a porch."

Charges are pending. Chaney’s mother, Floragena Chaney, was taken into custody earlier Monday and charges are pending against her as well, Marshals said.

Acting Milwaukee County Sheriff Richard Schmidt issued the following statement in the wake of Chaney's arrest:

"The cooperative efforts of multiple agencies participating in the US Marshals Task Force effectively took this murderer off the streets. This was excellent work by the U.S. Marshals, MPD, Wisconsin DCI, HIDTA, and MCSO."

Chaney was found guilty in the November 2015 homicide of Michael Prescott on Friday, October 20th.

While on trial and out on bond on Thursday, officials say Chaney cut off his GPS, and was at large.

Zuri London

Marshals initially caught Chaney after he was on the run for two years -- suspected of killing Prescott in a fit of jealously over his ex-girlfriend. According to a press release from US Marshals, he was released "despite the fact that Chaney had evaded arrest for 18 months after being charged in this case. He was eventually arrested in May of this year."

On Monday, Prescott's mother said it was hard with Chaney on the run again -- but said she's managed to find peace.

"I believe, again, the Bible says that he's in the great cloud of witnesses, so I believe that he is witnessing everything and that his spirit is with us, so I believe he is happy," Rosslind Prescott-McClinton said.