RCPD arrests 2 men in connection with string of January robberies

UPDATE (1/27/20 11:00 a.m.): The Rapid City Police Department has arrested two suspects in connection with a string of robberies on January 18th and 22nd.

 At around 10:15 p.m. on January 23rd, RCPD officers made a routine traffic stop of a tan Chevy Impala in the area of Milwaukee Street and East Watertown Street.

Police Identified the driver as 23-year-old Tristan Hall of Rapid City. Another occupant of the vehicle initially refused to identify himself.

Police learned that Hall had a warrant for her arrest, and all occupants of the vehicle were asked to step out while a consent search of the vehicle was conducted. Officers located an empty holster for a hand gun in the vehicle. With this being the case, officers asked to pat search the occupants.

During the pat search, the unidentified male occupant pulled away from officers in an attempt to run. He was taken to the ground and continued to struggle with police was they worked to detain him, kicking two officers during the struggle, but police were able to get him into handcuffs. A loaded handgun was located inside his coat pocket.

Police were able to identify the male as 20-year-old Johnathan Adkins of Rapid City, who matched the description of the suspect in the January 22nd robberies.

He was placed under arrest for Obstruction, two counts of Simple Assault on Law Enforcement, Commission of a Felony with a Firearm, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and two Warrants. A further search of the vehicle would turn up baggies containing a substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine and associated paraphernalia.

Hall was placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Ingestion of a Controlled Substance, Ingestion of a Substance to Intoxicate, Failure to Stop from a Private Road and a Warrant.

After being taken into custody, Adkins agreed to speak to detectives about the January 22nd robberies. Police determined that Adkins was the suspect responsible for the robbery at the Quality Inn on Lacrosse Street, and also one of the suspects involved in the robbery at Big D gas station on West Main Street.

Additionally Adkins was determined to be the suspect responsible for stealing cash from the Jackpot Casino on North Lacrosse Street on January 18th. Adkins was placed under arrest for two counts of First Degree Robbery, and Petty Theft.

Police also learned that the second suspect involved in both robberies was 27-year-old Troy Fairbanks of Rapid City. On January 25th, police had received a tip as to Fairbanks’ whereabouts and was taken into custody without any incident.

Fairbanks was placed under arrest for Aiding and Abetting First Degree Robbery, and First Degree Robbery before being transported to the Pennington County Jail.

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UPDATE (1/23/20 3:48 p.m.) —Detectives have developed a person of interest in relation to the robbery at the Quality Inn on Lacrosse Street. Officials are asking for anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the individual in these photos to contact police at 394-4131.

An anonymous tip can be submitted by texting ‘RCPDand the information to 847411.


UPDATE (01/23/20 11:00 a.m.): The Rapid City Police Department has released details about the two robberies which took place Wednesday night.

At around 9:05 p.m., police were dispatched to the Quality Inn on North Lacrosse Street for a robbery that had just occurred.

On arrival, police spoke to witnesses who said that an unknown male had entered the lobby of the business, walked behind the front desk, and grabbed a bank bag from a shelf. The unknown male then entered a nearby office and brandished a gun at an employee in the office before fleeing the business.

 

Security camera footage showed the male suspect enter a tan passenger vehicle with a spoiler visible on the rear trunk lid.
Courtesy RCPD

A review of nearby security camera footage showed the male suspect enter a tan passenger vehicle with a spoiler visible on the rear trunk lid. The vehicle then left the area.

Later at around 9:40 p.m.,  police were dispatched to the Big D gas station on West Main Street for a report of another robbery that had just occurred.

On arrival, officer spoke to an employee of the business who said that two unknown males wearing hooded sweatshirts and masks had entered the store. One of the suspects then brandished a gun and demanded money from the register. The clerk complied, and both subjects fled the store to the west and entered a vehicle parked in a nearby alley.

A review of security footage revealed the vehicle the suspects entered closely resembled the suspect vehicle from the earlier robbery at the Quality Inn.

Security footage of the suspect vehicle from this robbery. Photo courtesy RCPD

The suspect with the gun was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, red undershirt, face mask, blue jeans, black shoes and gloves.

The second suspect was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, white undershirt, black and red shoes, blue jeans, a face mask, and gloves.

Anyone with any information on these robberies is encourage to contact police at 394-4131. An anonymous tip can also be sent by texting the letters ‘RCPD’ and the information to 847411.

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RAPID CITY, S.D. — Two Rapid City businesses were robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night.

Rapid City Police Department are investigating the two robberies, and it appears they may be connected.

The first robbery at the Quality Inn at North Lacrosse Street occurred at about 9:15 p.m. Sgt. Darren Soucy tells NewsCenter1 that the male was armed with a gun.

About 30 minutes after the Quality Inn robbery, the Big D gas station on West Main Street was also robbed by a man with a gun.

In both descriptions of the robberies, the male robber fled in a four-door tan vehicle, possibly with a spoiler.

If you have any information on either incident or the identity of the robber, an anonymous tip can be sent by texting the letters ‘RCPD’ and the information to 847411.

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