Suspect in Rapid City homicide now in custody

RAPID CITY, S.D. — One of the suspects sought in connection to the killing of a Rapid City man in a motel room on April 9 has been taken into custody.

Travis Nelson, 35, of Rapid City was arrested Thursday on charges of Aggravated Assault, Kidnapping, Possession of a Controlled Drug/Substance and Possession of Stolen Vehicle/Failure to Comply. His bond has been set at $500,000.00.

Travis Nelson Sized

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In the course of its investigation, the Rapid City Police Department developed information that Nelson was in Box Elder. With assistance from the Box Elder Police Department, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol, RCPD established a perimeter around the area. An RCPD K-9 unit that was part of the search found Nelson hiding in a culvert in the area of Bennington Drive, where he was apprehended.

32-year-old Tracy Laughlin of Rapid City, who is also wanted in connection with the case, is still at large.

Tracy Laughlin

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Anybody with any information on the Laughlin’s whereabouts should contact the Rapid City Police Department immediately at ( 605) 394-4131. An anonymous tip can also be submitting by texting the letters ‘RCPD’ and the information to TIP-411. That’s 847411.

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