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Man who has ties to Rapid City crimes captured in Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A man with ties to a shooting in Rapid City has been captured after walking away from a Minnehaha County facility this week.

Robert Yellow Bird, 18, was arrested last year in connection with the fatal shooting of two men in a North Rapid City apartment. He is no longer being held on charges related to that shooting, but he was being sought by police in the shooting of another teen in August of last year.

Yellow Bird was apprehended in Rapid City Thursday at 10:54 a.m. at an address on Signal Drive in Rapid City. He was taken into custody safely and without issue on his escape charges out of Minnehaha County. He was unarmed when located and arrested.




RAPID CITY, S.D. – Minnehaha County authorities say an 18-year-old man who walked away from a Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office facility is possibly armed and could be in the West River area.

Robert Yellow Bird walked away from the facility with three juvenile males sometime on Monday, Sept. 25.

The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office says they believe Yellow Bird is possibly armed and should be considered dangerous. He might be in a stolen black 2017 Ford F-150 with South Dakota plates 1FY720.

Yellow Bird has ties to the Rapid City area and was a suspect in two violent Rapid City crimes.

He was arrested last year in connection with the shooting deaths of 37-year-old Petan Milk and 29-year-old Joseph Standing Bear, although he is no longer being held on charges related to that shooting.

However, before the double homicide, Yellow Bird was already being sought by the Rapid City Police Department in connection with the shooting and wounding of another man in  August of last year.

Anyone with information regarding Yellow Bird’s location can call 911 to notify their local law enforcement agencies. Other information can be given to the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office at 605-367-7000 or CrimeStoppers at 605-367-7007.

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