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UPDATE: Police: 41-year-old man arrested; Altoona police sought him

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Altoona Police said 41-year-old Ying Xiong sits in Eau Claire County Jail as a suspect in an Altoona homicide.

"We have a suspect in custody and it's because of hard work by a lot of different agencies that got us to this point," said Altoona Police Chief, James Small.

Police said the suspicious death at a home in Altoona was reported Tuesday.

"There are some unusual circumstances in this case that are making it so that we can't identify the victim at the this point," said Small.

Marathon County Jail officials said Xiong was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Mosinee.

"Altoona P.D. had contacted Marathon County specifically, the individual had ties to the county and they thought that person might be here," said Marathon County Captain Randy Hillman.

Marathon County Sheriff's officials said they were already on the lookout for 41-year-old Ying Xiong when they spotted him here at this McDonald's drive-thru in Mosinee.

"A Mosinee Police officer spotted the vehicle from the ATL and the person inside it," said Hillman.

Authorities said they followed Xiong less than a mile from the restaurant.

They said he pulled off Old Highway 51 and ran into woods behind a tavern, where police arrested him.

"We were able to apprehend the individual, we contacted Altoona P.D., they wanted us to hold him until their investigators got here and they took him into custody," said Hillman.

Xiong was taken back to Eau Claire County.

Police said he now faces one charge of First Degree Intentional Homicide.

Altoona Police officials said the investigation continues.

Xiong is scheduled to appear in Eau Claire County Court Friday.


A Marathon County Sheriff's Captain tells Newsline 9 the 41-year-old man arrested in Mosinee Wednesday has been taken back to Altoona.

According to our sister station, WQOW-TV, an Altoona man was booked in the Eau Claire County Jail on a recommended charge of first degree intentional homicide.

WQOW reports that Marathon County Jail records say Ying Xiong is the same man who was arrested in Mosinee.

According to WQOW, open records reveal Xiong lives at the same address where the Altoona Police Department is investigating a suspicious death.

Altoona police say they started investigating Tuesday afternoon when someone was found dead at a home. No further details about the death have been released at this point.

Police have not confirmed if Xiong is in fact the man wanted for a death investigation in Altoona.

Officers from western Wisconsin had asked law enforcement in our area to be on the lookout for the man.

Officials say the man was spotted by Mosinee Police Wednesday afternoon at a McDonald's restaurant.

Marathon County Sheriff's officials say that's when they were called for back-up and followed the man.

Police say after the man realized he was being followed for a few miles, he pulled over on Old Highway 51, got out of the car, and ran away near Hilltop Bar.


The Marathon County Sheriff's Department says a 41-year-old man wanted by police in Altoona was arrested in Mosinee after dozens of officers responded.

Lt. Frank Hanousek said Thursday the man "was taken into custody without incident other than fleeing on foot."

Hanousek said the chase began in the Mosinee area about 3 p.m. Wednesday and ended in town near a home.

Altoona Police Chief James Small did not immediately return a telephone message Thursday.


Newsline 9 has learned new information about a high-speed chase Wednesday in Marathon County.

One man was arrested there. Marathon County Sheriff's Lt. Randy Albert says this arrest is related to a case in Eau Claire County. He told Newsline 9 the man arrested is a person of interest in a case in Altoona.

This comes just one day after a suspicious death there. But police are not saying if these two cases are related.

The chase started around 3:00 p.m. Dozens of officers swarmed a neighborhood in Mosinee after they say the suspect ran away.

"They were kind of walking up and down the driveway in the woods line," said resident Matt Kasper."They were kind of peeking in there. One of the officers had a pistol in his hand, and I'd seen one of the other officers in the back. He had his long riffle out."

Kasper says he was driving on Old Highway 51 in Mosinee when he saw police pull into his mother-in-law's house.

He says they searched the backyard.

"I figured I better go turn around and check out make sure she was fine and everything was OK," said Kasper. "Kind of just sat and watched out the window everything unfold as the cop cars poured in the driveway."

Authorities say the suspect was eventually arrested. Lt. Albert tells Newsline 9 the man is a person of interest in Altoona, Wisconsin in Eau Claire County.

This comes a day after a suspicious death there. Police there say one person was found dead at a house on Tuesday.

According to the Marathon County Sheriff's Department, Altoona police were on their way Wednesday evening to pick up the suspect in this chase. But there's no word on whether the two cases are related.

Back at the scene, Kasper says police and several K-9s stayed there more than an hour after the chase ended.

"Mosinee is such a small town. Never would have expected to come across something like this," said Kasper. "It was pretty crazy."

Marathon County Sheriff's officials say more information is expected to be released Thursday by the Altoona Police Department.

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