Rapid City police identify suspects from weekend robberies
Because of the timeframes and geographic area, RCPD said these incidents could be related.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - Sunday was a busy night for Rapid City Police as they reportedly responded to three robberies within roughly 15 minutes.
Rapid City police arrested two suspects this afternoon, 28-year old Jay Chase Alone and 19-year old Philip Jumping Eagle.
Police say Chase Alone is the suspect who brandished the gun in all three robberies.
Sunday night around 7 p.m. officers were dispatched to Mr. Liquor on Sturgis Road for a report of a robbery.
Jay chase Alone was arrested for multiple counts of first-degree robbery, obstruction, and 2nd-degree burglary.
Jumping Eagle faces multiple counts of Aiding and Abetting First Degree Robbery.
Both are being held in the Pennington County Jail.
When police arrived employees told police that two men had started to pick up bottles of liquor ... and said one of the men then brandished a handgun at the clerk before leaving the store.
The three robberies happened within a one-mile radius of each other.
Then, around 7:10 p.m., police were called to Golden Phoenix on West Main Street to a reported robbery. A man, described to be in his 20s, wearing a blue plaid jacket, blue jeans and a blue bandana, confronted a woman leaving the restaurant. The victim told police he brandished a gun and demanded her property. The woman refused.
Then the man approached someone else in the parking lot, brandished the handgun and tried to steal from him, according to the second victim.
At 7:15 p.m., a third robbery happened at The Plaza building on West Omaha Street. According to an employee, a man entered the business, brandished a handgun and demanded money. However, the employee hid and the suspect was unsuccessful in getting money from the register.
The suspect is described by witnesses as someone in his late 20s, standing about 5′10″ tall, wearing a grey windbreaker, dark pants and a black mask.
Anyone with any information about any of these robberies or the identity of the suspects involved should contact Det. Andrew Randazzo at 605-394-4134. An anonymous tip can also be submitted by texting the letters ‘RCPD’ and the information to 847411.
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