UPDATE: Person of interest in Rapid City double homicide arrested

UPDATE (11:16 A.M.)– RAPID CITY, S.D. – The two victims in the August 20 double homicide have been identified. 29-year-old Joseph Standing Bear of Norris and 37-year-old Petan Milk of Rapid City were found dead in the 100 block of Surfwood Drive. Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement have arrested both Yellow Bird and Benita Cisneros, who was identified as the driver of the Ford Taurus X authorities had been searching for previously.

Law enforcement is still looking for the two remaining suspects, Chase Quick Bear and Rochelle Janis. Both are believed to be armed and should not be approached if seen.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is urged to call police immediately at (605) 394-4131. Anonymous tips can be submitted via text by messaging the letters ‘RCPD’ followed by their information to the number 847411.



RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services has reported that a person of interest in a recent double homicide in Rapid City was arrested Tuesday evening.

Law Enforcement Services says that the Rosebud Police Department received a report of a male brandishing a firearm from a vehicle at individuals in the Mission area. It was reported that the vehicle was possibly tied to the individuals in question from the recent double homicide. Rosebud officers located the vehicle at Sunrise Apartments and received reports of five individuals with two firearms inside.

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Robert Yellow Bird

Officers then entered the apartment and arrested the five individuals who were from the Rapid City area. One of the individuals arrested was 17-year-old Robert Yellow Bird.

Officers also located two loaded pistols that were secured as evidence. Law enforcement services says that at this time, it was reported that Yellow Bird was on the Rosebud Reservation, but had left earlier in the day traveling to either Rapid City or the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Law Enforcement Services also reports that there is no threat at this time to the immediate public on the Rosebud Reservation.

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