Madison manhunt suspect captured after daylong search

Francis Sumner (Photo: Twitter/Madison911)
Francis Sumner (Photo: Twitter/Madison911)

MADISON, Conn. (WTNH)– Madison police have arrested a wanted and dangerous suspect they spent Friday searching for.

Police say officers responded to the intersection of Route 80 and Walnut Hill Road after receiving a report of a suspicious vehicle around 7:00 a.m. When officers pulled over the vehicle, the driver, later identified as 51-year-old Francis Sumner, left the car and fled on foot into the woods at Route 80 and Walnut Hill Road.

After searching most of the day Friday, police captured Sumner off of Route 79 in North Madison around 6:30 p.m.


Police say Sumner is a Fugitive from Justice from Missouri for a probation violation and Ohio for a carjacking. The car he was driving had been reported stolen out of Michigan, but police say the warrant is not ready yet.

Stolen RV in Madison impound lot (WTNH/Bob Wilson)
Stolen RV in Madison impound lot (WTNH/Bob Wilson)

“There’s a warrant for him for I believe a car-jacking with a weapon. So we’re approaching this as a dangerous suspect,” said Madison Police Captain Joseph Race.

An alert had been sent out to residents in the area to remain in their homes with their doors locked, causing residents to be alert and on edge.


“You don’t expect to see an armored troop carrier go by your house or camouflaged soldiers basically,” said Ralph Earle. “”The officer said do you know what’s going on? Yeah we heard about it. So you best be inside and lock the doors.”

The Madison school superintendent says two schools, Brown Middle School and Ryerson Elementary, were in a modified lock down, meaning no one was able to leave or enter the buildings.

Police say it was tough work searching the woods through very rugged terrain, ravines and streams, but in the end Captain Race says it was a resident who spotted him near their backyard and called it in.

Police say Sumner will be extradited to the other states to be face charges.

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