Suspect arrested in connection with Rapid City homicide

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Andrew Eastman, 28, was arrested in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the connection with a homicide in Rapid City last week.

Courtesy: MGN Online
Courtesy: MGN Online

Eastman is a South Dakota Department of Corrections inmate currently serving a sentence for grand theft. He was placed on escape status after stealing a city vehicle on June 2nd from an inmate work site at the Rapid City landfill. The stolen pickup was located abandoned along Elk Street, a short distance from 3320 Wisconsin Avenue. Police have reason to believe 28-year-old Eastman was present at the time of the homicide on Wisconsin Avenue.

Police have identified Larry Mintzlaff, age 64 of Rapid City, as the victim in the homicide on June 6. An autopsy has determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma.

During Eastman's arrest on June 9, he was in possession of the victim’s vehicle, which was stolen from the victim’s residence. This vehicle is a blue 2007 Ford Focus four-door sedan with South Dakota license plate # 2H3205.

This investigation continues as detectives are still actively investigating numerous leads in connection with this crime. As the case proceeds, the Rapid City Police Department and the Pennington County Sherriff’s Office will work with the Pennington County States Attorney’s Office to determine an extradition timeline and potential charges in connection to the death of Larry Mintzlaff.

Anyone with any information can send an anonymous tip by texting ‘RCPD’ and the information to 847411.