3 suspects arrested as result of Fitchburg homicide investigation

Samuel Harris died Tuesday of a gunshot wound
3 suspects arrested as result of Fitchburg homicide investigation

Fitchburg police have arrested three suspects as a result of a homicide investigation that left an Iowa man dead in a Fitchburg apartment building.

Police took Daniel Owens, 21, into custody Friday. Owens, who has no permanent address, was booked on a warrant issued by the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Just before 8:30 p.m. Thursday, several officers and squad cars were sent to the PDQ gas station near the intersection of Verona Road and Williamsburg Way. Owens was in the passenger seat of a vehicle.

According to Fitchburg police, they arrested Owens at gunpoint and he was taken into custody without resistance and is now being held in the Dane County Jail, police said.

Also arrested was Roberto Poindexter, 32, of Fitchburg, who was booked Thursday on a probation violation.

Police have not released any information about Owens or Poindexter and how they could be related to the homicide investigation.

Bobby Hogans, 21, of Madison, was booked in the Dane County Jail Thursday on a tentative charge of felony murder and armed robbery in connection to the Fitchburg murder.

At this time, Fitchburg Police Department officials said they don’t anticipate any more arrests as a result of this homicide investigation.

Victim Samuel John Harris, 25, of Dubuque, Iowa, died Tuesday of a gunshot wound, according to the Dane County Medical Examiner’s office. A Medical examiner’s spokesperson would not say if Harris was shot more than once. 

According to police, Hogans chose the Fairways Apartments at 3302 Leopold Way in Fitchburg to meet Harris. Neither man lived in the building. Investigators said they believe Hogans intended to rob Harris.

Police believe the location was chosen due to the lack of ties to the area by those involved.

Harris was found on the floor just inside an entrance to the building. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Fitchburg Mayor Shawn Pfaff said he’s frustrated that the crime happened in his city. He refuted neighbors who told WISC-TV they didn’t think the neighborhood was safe.

“I want to send a clear signal that Leopold School is a great school and that is a good neighborhood where kids and families can feel safe,” Pfaff said.

Police said they’re stepping up patrols on Leopold Way to bring a sense of calm to the community.

“We’ll get through this, and I’m glad today that we have some good news to share with you,” Pfaff said.

Fitchburg police said multiple agencies helped in the investigation, including Chicago police, but they would not say whether drugs or gang activity were involved.