Crime Spree Produces “One Of The Largest Crime Scenes” In Rapid City History

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City man is in custody following an hour-long string of crimes early yesterday morning that ended with police shooting at him before taking him into custody.

Authorities are still determining what charges to file against 33-year old Billy Robertson after multiple crimes at multiple locations that included stealing 2 pickups, breaking into 3 homes, and stabbing, assaulting or threatening 5 people during a nearly hour-long crime spree.

Robertson’s spree ended as he drove a stolen pickup across the Meadowbrook Golf Course and encountered an officer in the area on an unrelated call. He veered toward the officer, creating what police reports described as a life-threatening situation.

The officer fired his duty weapon at the pickup and Robertson stopped and fled on foot. Law enforcement set up a perimeter and Robertson was arrested without further incident. Neither Robertson or any officers were hurt.

Interim Police Chief Don Hedrick says the spree created “one of the largest crime scenes in Rapid City’s history,” adding Robertson’s “clearly reckless and dangerous behaviors put lives at risk” and that he was “incredibly thankful” that Robertson was apprehended before he could hurt more citizens.

Police Captain John James said late Tuesday afternoon that investigators from both the police department and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office were still trying to piece everything together and make sure all victims are identified and interviewed.

Because of the wide-ranging crime scenes, the Rapid City police are still asking people to contact them about any unreported incidents Tuesday morning that might have involved Robertson.