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UPDATE: Homicide suspect Anderson sitting in county jail

Posted: Updated: June 2, 2013 05:54 PM
Mitrel Y. Anderson, arrested on felony warrant for First Degree Intentional Homicide in Madison Monday. Photo from Dane Co. Jail Mitrel Y. Anderson, arrested on felony warrant for First Degree Intentional Homicide in Madison Monday. Photo from Dane Co. Jail
Brittney Jones was arrested along with Mitrel Anderson in Madison on a charge of Aiding and Abetting a Known Felon. Brittney Jones was arrested along with Mitrel Anderson in Madison on a charge of Aiding and Abetting a Known Felon.
Along with investigators, Chief Ronald Tischer gives details Monday on the homicide at the Kwik Trip in La Crosse. Along with investigators, Chief Ronald Tischer gives details Monday on the homicide at the Kwik Trip in La Crosse.

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - UPDATE: The man arrested in Madison Monday on a La Crosse homicide charge is now sitting in the County Jail awaiting a court hearing.

Jail records show that Mitrel Anderson is held without bond on a charge of First Degree Intentional Homicide.

Arrested along with Anderson was Brittney Jones on a charge of HarboringAiding a Felon. She is also held in the La Crosse County Jail without bond.

The La Crosse County District Attorney's office has begun their work on compiling formal criminal complaints against Anderson and Jones.  Although the district attorney's office did not  have the pair listed on the court calendar as of 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, they likely will appear before a judge either Wednesday or Thursday.

Anderson was arrested without incident as he walked out of an Madison apartment by agents from the state Department of Criminal Investigation.  He was returned to La Crosse early Tuesday afternoon.

Anderson was wanted on the homicide charge in the death of Demario Lee Sunday morning in the Kwik Trip store at 506 Cass St. in La Crosse.  Police say Anderson used an "edged weapon" to fatally wound Lee.

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Agents from the Department of Criminal Investigation arrested the suspect wanted for a homicide at a La Crosse Kwik Trip Monday.

La Crosse Police arrested Mitrel Anderson, 25, of La Crosse. He's facing charges for First Degree Intentional Homicide.

Police were called to the Kwik Trip convenience store at 506 Cass St. at 3:21 a.m. Sunday.

Near the men's bathroom, police said they found Demario Lee, 24, injured by an "edged weapon."

Police Chief Ron Tischer said Lee suffered a single stab behind his left ear -- the wound one-and-a-half inches deep.

Lee was transported to Gundersen Health System and died from the injury, according to police.

Investigators used cell phone records to track down Anderson in Madison after he fled La Crosse following the homicide, Tischer said. 

Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigations agents arrested Anderson while he was walking out of a Madison apartment around 9:30 a.m. Monday, according to Tischer.

Tischer said DCI agents also arrested Brittney Jones for aiding and abetting a known felon.  Police are still investigating Anderson's and Jones' relationship.

Police said Kwik Trip's video surveillance cameras helped identify Anderson as the suspect.

Lee and Anderson did knew each other, and were known by police, Tischer said.

Investigators are still looking into what started the fight between Lee and Anderson.

Tischer said evidence and witness statements lead his department to believe this is an isolated incident; the public is not in any danger.  

It is not known when Anderson and Jones will be returning to La Crosse to face charges related to the case. As of 4:45 p.m., both remained in custody in Dane County.

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - La Crosse Police arrested Mitrel Anderson Monday in connection to a homicide at a Cass Street Kwik Trip in downtown La Crosse.

Anderson, 25, of La Crosse was arrested on a charge of First Degree Intentional Homicide for the death of Demario Lee, 24. Early Sunday morning, police went to the Kwik Trip store at 506 Cass St. and found Lee injured with an edged weapon. He later died from those injuries.

The announcement of the arrest came shortly before 11:00 a.m. Monday morning, less than 24 hours from when Anderson's name was released by police as being wanted for the crime. Details of the arrest weren't made available by police.

Police plan on an afternoon news conference to give additional information on the case.

The scene of the crime is now open.

They do ask anyone in the community with information that could help the investigation to come forward and contact police at 608-785-5962. To remain anonymous, contact the La Crosse Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 784-8477.

Persons can also text laxtips to Crimes (274-637) or go online at www.lacrossecrimestoppers.com .

Stay with wxow.com and WXOW-TV for the latest on this developing story.

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The La Crosse Police Department is looking for a suspect connected to a homicide at a Kwik Trip in downtown La Crosse early Sunday morning.

Police were called to the Kwik Trip at 506 Cass St. at 3:21 a.m.

Officers found Demario Lee, 24, of La Crosse, injured by an edged weapon, police said. Lee was transported to Gundersen Health System and died from the injuries, according to a press release from the La Crosse Police Department.

That same release said police have issued a felony warrant for First Degree Intentional Homicide for Mitrel Anderson, 25, also of La Crosse. They're asking the public to help locate him.

According to the release, police "recovered a vehicle used during the commission of this crime and (the) investigation has lead (them) to believe the suspect, Mitrel Anderson, has fled the area."

Investigators have talked to witnesses and are reviewing surveillance video from the store, said Capt. Robert Lawrence of the La Crosse Police Department.

"We do have a lot of information. We do have, obviously, forensic evidence, we do have witnesses, we do have some things that really go in our favor," Lawrence said.

Kwik Trip store leader Aaron MacPhetridge got the call about the homicide for a third-shift employee.

"You're worried about the people involved, you're worried about the people who work for you and (you) make sure everybody's okay," MacPhetridge said.

He said thankfully his staff, for the most part, is unharmed.

"One person who is mainly involved in the situation is a little shaken up right now," MacPhetridge said.

The police investigation indicated the homicide seems to be an isolated incident, Lawrence said. There are no known additional threats at this time and public safety is not in jeopardy, he said.

"They're right on key. They do a fantastic job in situations like this," MacPhetridge said of the police's response.

Police said they called in additional officers, investigative staff, the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation, the FBI, the La Crosse County Medical Examiner's Office among other resources to help with the investigation.

They ask anyone in the community with information that could help the investigation to come forward and contact police. To remain anonymous, contact the La Crosse Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 784-8477.

"Obviously one homicide is too many homicides. And we haven't had one for a while," Lawrence said. "The key is that I have every confidence that our department will solve this homicide as we've solved the others."

As of 10:35 p.m., the store is still closed. Yellow crime scene tape surrounds its perimeter.

Stay with wxow.com for more details as we learn them.

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