Wanted fugitive Jonnie Lopez in custody

CREATED Jul 25, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul 25, 2013

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  • Jonnie Lopez has been taken into custody.

MILWAUKEE - Wanted fugitive Jonnie Lopez has been captured and is in custody, according to the U.S. Marshal's Office.

Lopez was heading south on I-94 when he was recognized by another driver who had seen him on police billboards. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department was able to intercept and stop his vehicle at I-94 and 7 Mile Road.

Lopez was the center of a huge search in downtown Milwaukee on Tuesday. He managed to escape from a 7th-floor apartment at the Juneau Village Towers despite a heavy police presence.

Marshals hoped to take Lopez into custody Tuesday.  He's wanted for a federal weapons offense, but was released on bail.

They believe that during that time, he committed an armed robbery.