Rapid City’s “Most Wanted Fugitive” sentenced for violent carjacking

Saul Crowe

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Rapid City man formerly labeled “Rapid City’s Most Wanted Fugitive” by the RCPD has been sentenced for a violent carjacking that happened in 2017.

Saul Crowe, 25, was sentenced to more than 20 years in federal prison followed by 10 years of supervised release.

On October 13 of 2017, Crowe held the occupant of a van hostage at gunpoint while he drove him to an isolated area north of Rapid City. There, he pistol-whipped and beat him before firing multiple rounds near the victim and making him beg for his life.

Bullet casings from the location of the carjacking and beating were forensically matched to the weapon Crowe later abandoned in a vehicle after fleeing police.

Since August of 2016, Crowe has been charged with eight felony offenses, all of which happened while he was on federal supervised release for possessing  a firearm as a prohibited person.

In October, the RCPD declared him Rapid City’s Most Wanted Fugitive because he was being sought in connection to several violent crimes. One of them happened in September when Crowe fled from an investigation into drug activity. During the foot chase, he dropped a pistol along with a loaded magazine.

Additionally, he was wanted for questioning by police for his potential involvement in a reported shooting that happened when police found a male with a non-life threatening gunshot wound at the Walmart on Stumer Road.

“Crowe’s criminal history shows a pattern of dangerous behaviors,” said Captain James Johns of the RCPD’s Patrol Division in October of 2017. “The most concerning element of those behaviors is that he commits crimes with firearms. He should be considered armed and especially dangerous. That’s what makes him Rapid City’s most wanted fugitive, and it’s in the community’s best interest to get him off the streets.”

Crowe was eventually captured after an hours-long standoff with police on Halloween of 2017. They had to evacuate nearby residents in the area the standoff happened, and eventually broke down the door and used a K-9 to take him into custody.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team; Rapid City Police Department; Pennington County Sheriff’s Office; South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation; and the RCPD/PCSO Special Response Team.

Crowe was immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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