Arrest made in one of three armed robberies that occurred Monday

UPDATE (Jan. 15) — Police have released information surrounding the arrest of Daniel Kline on Tuesday night.

After the robbery of Knifeworx in the Rushmore Mall, police found surveillance video showing the suspect robber entering a white Volkswagen vehicle before it fled the area. Early Tuesday afternoon, officers spotted the white Volkswagen parked in the area of a hotel on Latrobe Avenue. Officers connected the vehicle to an occupant of the hotel, 31-year-old Matthew Sullivan of Rapid City.

Sullivan agreed to speak with officers about the robbery incident, and it was determined that Sullivan drove the robbery suspect, identified as Daniel Kline, to and from the location of the robbery. Officers searched the vehicle and found an airsoft pistol matching the description of the firearm used in the robbery, as well as a bandanna that matched what the suspect was wearing in surveillance video.

A review of Sullivan’s ankle monitoring system corroborated this information. Sullivan has since been placed under arrest for Accessory to First Degree Robbery, a Parole Hold, Failure to Register New Address (Sex Offender), and Failure to Update Employer (Sex Offender).

Further investigation into Kline revealed that he had strong ties to a residence in the 700 block of Saint Cloud Street and obtained a search warrant for the residence.

Officials made the decision to use the Pennington County/Rapid City Special Response Team to help serve the warrant, as Kline was known to have a propensity for violence and may have been armed. At about 8 p.m. the Special Response Team arrived at the home and began communicating with those inside using a loud speaker.

The residents of the house were escorted safely from the home, and officers learned that Kline was the only occupant left inside. Police made multiple demands for Kline to surrender before Kline indicated that he would set the house on fire.

A short time later, smoke began coming from inside the residence and Kline exited, surrendering to law enforcement. Fire units staged nearby began extinguishing the flames in the home’s attic after Kline was taken into custody.

Kline was placed under Arrest for First Degree Robbery, and First Degree Arson.

The Rapid City Fire Department was able to extinguish the fire, and detectives worked through the remainder to the evening to continue investigating this case. This remains an open and active investigation.


RAPID CITY, S.D. — An arrest has been made late Tuesday night of one of the suspects from the three armed robberies that happened in Rapid City Monday afternoon.

The Pennington County Special Response Team responding this evening to St. Cloud and Seventh Street in Rapid City.

They went to serve an arrest warrant to a man they deemed violent.

The man turned out to be Daniel Kline, age 19, who was wanted for robbery at the Knifeworx store in Rushmore Mall.

Police yesterday said that the robber pulled a handgun on the clerk, demanded and got money, then escaped through the back of the store.

Tonight, police say Kline threatened to burn down the house he was in, and police saw smoke coming from the building.

Police say Kline is being charged with first-degree robbery, and other charges are pending.

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