A 2-year-old is safe and unharmed, after he was held hostage Tuesday night in a Rapid City standoff. Police and neighbors react to how the situation was handled.
Lacondre Dennis used to live in the Silver Street area in Rapid City, but he was back this week so his kids could visit their mother. "On our third day here this incident with the police surrounding the whole area just came out of nowhere. We were out here playing some music and all of a sudden it was cops and guns," Dennis said.
He says he did not like being forced to stay in his house. "We were prisoners in our own home for five hours, which didn't make any sense to me. It seems like if there was an issue our police would be able to assess the situation and take care of it in a more timely manner," Dennis said.
Police were initially called to a burglary. They say the suspect, Raymond Cuny, fled to a home on Silver Street. Some people were able to get out of the house, but police say Cuny held a 2-year-old hostage. "He was extremely uncooperative. We did establish communications with him off and on throughout the night he was very demanding and unwilling to surrender peacefully," Police Chief Karl Jegeris said.
The standoff lasted for six hours. The special response team was able to rescue the child around 10:30 p.m.
"The child was safe and it was amazing to see the emotion involved when that child was returned to his mother. And she was there the entire time," Jegeris said.
Dennis says crime in the neighborhood is worse than previous years. And he hopes incidents like this one don't happen again."If we don't take care of our neighborhoods, they will."
Cuny is charged with kidnapping and burglary. Prior to this incident he had two active felony warrants.