Law enforcement rescues assault suspect from Rapid Creek
RAPID CITY, S.D. — One man is in custody after an assault incident turned into a chase, and subsequently a rescue from Rapid Creek.
At around 10:15 p.m. Monday night, law enforcement was dispatched to the Cornerstone Rescue Mission for a report of a combative subject fighting with staff at the address.
A nearby deputy with the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office spotted a male matching the suspect description in the area of East Boulevard and Omaha Street. The deputy attempted to make contact with the man, however, the suspect took off running to the north.
The deputy pursued on foot and observed the man jump into Rapid Creek near the East Boulevard bridge. Meanwhile, responding officers were able to make their way to a location east of the suspect’s location in an attempt to rescue him from the water.
As the suspect passed by, the officers jumped into the creek and were able to grab hold of the suspect. With help from a deputy, officers were able to pull him out of the creek onto the shore.
The suspect was identified as 27-year-old Sheldon Brown of Rapid City. He was given a blanket as police waited for a medical unit to arrive and evaluate his condition. In the meantime, police responded to the Cornerstone Rescue Mission to speak to witnesses. There, police learned that Brown had assaulted two staff members before running from the building.
Once Brown was cleared medically, he was placed under arrest for two counts of Simple Assault, Obstruction, and a Probation Hold. He was subsequently transported to the Pennington County Jail where he received a set of warm, dry clothes.
Winter weather conditions make Rapid Creek an incredibly dangerous place to be in, and extreme caution should be used when in the area of the water.