Rapid City, S.D. – Rapid City Police arrested five men following an overnight crime spree that included a beer theft, armed robbery of a convenience store, residential burglary, and a police pursuit with shots fired.
At 1:02 a.m., police responded to a report of a beer theft at Corner Pantry at 2130 N. Lacrosse. The clerk reported that two males entered the store and stole $88 worth of beer.
At 1:57 a.m., police responded to a report of an armed robbery at Corner Pantry at 302 E. North St. The clerk reported that two men entered the store. One displayed a gun and demanded cigarettes. The clerk complied, and the men left with four packs of cigarettes and sunflower seeds.
At 3:10 a.m., police responded to a residential burglary at 1810 Pevans Parkway. The resident reported hearing banging on the window, and came downstairs to investigate. He found a male subject had kicked out the glass door, and was trying to enter the house. When the suspect saw the homeowner, the suspect fled. The homeowner provided a description of the suspect vehicle to police.
At 3:22 a.m., a South Dakota Highway Patrol Officer spotted the suspect vehicle on Catron Boulevard, and followed the vehicle while waiting for backup to arrive. They initiated a traffic stop at Cambell and Highway 79, but the vehicle refused to pull over.
Officers pursued the vehicle north on Cambell, and attempted to use road spikes at St. Joseph St. and Highway 79, and again at the intersection of Cambell and St. Patrick Streets. The driver of the suspect vehicle was able to avoid the spikes both times.
The pursuit continued west on St. Patrick Street, reaching speeds of 55-60 miles per hour. The suspect vehicle turned north on 5th Street, and at one point swerved into the oncoming lane of traffic, driving head-on at an approaching ambulance carrying a patient.
Police were able to spike the suspect vehicle at 5th and Omaha, hitting three tires. The tires began deflating on North Haines, and pursuit speeds decreased to 20 miles per hour. As the suspect vehicle approached Haines and VanBuren, officers saw the front passenger door open. As the vehicle turned east on Anamosa, the front passenger began leaning out of the open door.
The pursuit continued south on Holcomb, east onto Greenway, then south on Maple. At Greenway and Maple, the passenger was spotted leaning out with a gun, and he began firing at the officers. As the vehicle turned east on College Avenue, one of the pursuing officers saw the suspect firing at him and another officer. The officer returned fire, shooting four rounds with his patrol rifle. No one was hit.
The pursuit then turned south on Herman Street, and the suspect vehicle entered an alley between College and Custer Streets. At 3:44 a.m., four suspects jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot; one suspect remained in the vehicle.
By 3:55 a.m., officers had detained all five suspects, and recovered the suspects’ CO2-powered handgun nearby. The suspects are in custody this morning on various charges. While the investigation is ongoing, police have determined that the suspects were involved in all of these crimes. The States Attorney’s Office is sorting through the charges for each suspect, and expects to release a list of all charges tomorrow.
The suspects arrested include: Cassidy Grosz, age 22 (driver of the suspect vehicle); Matt Wright, age 21 (passenger with the gun); Hebrew Audiss, age 21; Schauvon “Joseph” Tobacco, age 19; and Adam Poor Bear, age 18. All suspects are from Rapid City.