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UPDATE: Police investigating homicide at 120 Surfwood Drive

Another homicide is being investigated at the Knollwood apartment complexes, this time a...
Another homicide is being investigated at the Knollwood apartment complexes, this time a stabbing. Around 4:10 Tuesday morning, police were called to 120 Surfwood Drive for a report of a stabbing.(Miranda O'Bryan)
Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 3:59 PM CDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) -The second homicide at 120 Surfwood Drive is still in the investigative state. The case, a homicide by stabbing, is being worked on over hundreds of employee-hours, over which many leads have been developed and followed.

One development that law enforcement has garnered from the detectives assigned to the case is that there were numerous witnesses who saw the stabbing occur, and that furthermore, some events leading up to the stabbing were videoed on mobile devices.

As law enforcement continues to investigate this case, anyone who has first-hand knowledge or video evidence of the circumstances surrounding this homicide is encouraged to contact Detective Dan Trainer at 605-394-4134. An anonymous tip can also be submitted by texting the letters ‘RCPD’ and the information to 847411.

Another homicide is being investigated at the Knollwood apartment complexes, this time a stabbing.

Around 4:10 Tuesday morning, police were called to 120 Surfwood Drive for a report of a stabbing.

Once there, police found 24-year-old Leon Richards of Rapid City laying on the ground with several stab wounds.

Richards was transported to Monument Health where he succumbed to his injuries around six hours later.

Police have been working on the case since the initial call and at this point in the investigation, it is believed the suspect and Richards knew each other.

This is one of multiple murders to occur in the area and police say they’re doing what they can.

“We’re trying to deal with the problem in this neighborhood and obviously there are a lot of bad players in this neighborhood, people that don’t respect each other, people that don’t respect their own lives and so we’re trying to empower the good people of the neighborhood to speak up and take back this neighborhood,” said RCPD Captain James Johns.

He says the people of Rapid City need to take their city back and end this string of violence in the community because the police can’t be in the area 24/7.

“There’s things that happen behind closed doors. There’s things that happen when we’re not available when we’re not up there and that is one of those things,” continued Johns. “But to allow this type of behavior, we’ve put management of the apartment complexes on notice. We have done as much work as the police department can do, with overtime shifts, with holding people accountable with a zero-tolerance approach, if you’ve got warrants, if you’ve committed a crime, you go to jail.”

Officer appearance and involvement has increased in the area because of the recent violence.

If you have any information about Tuesday morning’s stabbing, contact police at 605-394-4131 or leave an anonymous tip by texting the letters ‘RCPD’ and the information to 847411.

A man who was stabbed early Tuesday morning, has died from his injuries and the case has been upgraded to a homicide investigation.

At 4:10 a.m. on October 19, police were called the area of 120 Surfwood Drive following a report of a recent stabbing.

On arrival, police located the injured party laying on the ground. Upon contact with the injured individual, police located several stab wounds to the man. A medical unit arrived and took over care for the individual, and he was transported from the scene to the hospital. Several hours later, police were notified that he had succumbed to his injuries.

The deceased is identified as 24-year-old Leon Richards of Rapid City.

Since the time of the original call, police have been working diligently to understand the circumstances surrounding the incident and locate the individual responsible. At this point in the investigation, it is believed Richards had an association with the suspect. This incident does not appear to be random in nature.

Anyone with any information about the incident or the suspect responsible should contact police at 605-394-4131. An anonymous tip can also be submitted by texting the letters ‘RCPD’ and the information to 847411.

The investigation into this homicide is being conducted jointly between the RCPD and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office. Additional updates will be issued as appropriate.

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