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Bail Set At $50,000 For Arapahoe

May 8, 2014, 5:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Bail Set At $50,000 For Arapahoe
Derek Arapahoe


One of Minnehaha County's most wanted is back behind bars after a lengthy armed standoff with police Wednesday night.

25-year-old Derek Arapahoe made his first court appearance Thursday, but as you're about to hear, Arapahoe is no stranger to law enforcement.

Authorities arrested him on two outstanding felony warrants.  

Wednesday night, police say Arapahoe barricaded himself inside a home on South Western Avenue after kicking in the door.

"Sounds like they had been watching that home a little bit, anticipated he'd be there and once they saw him go in, they set up a perimeter," Sioux Falls Police public information officer Sam Clemens said.

Several armed officers along with the SWAT Team and negotiators surrounded the home and used loud speakers to make contact with Arapahoe to give himself up.   Police say they had reason to believe he had a gun and knife on him at the time.

Arapahoe's rap sheet is 21 pages long with arrests dating back to 2007 when he turned 18, spending most of his adult life in and out of jail.

Police say Arapahoe, who is a known member of the Gangster Disciples, has made threats to law enforcement in the past.

"He had made comments that he had weapons; he would shoot any law enforcement who tried to arrest him," Clemens said.

On Sunday, Arapahoe posted pictures of himself on Facebook holding several guns, one even pointed at a young child.

In this case, authorities knew Arapahoe was the only one inside the home, so negotiators took their time.

"In a situation like this when just one person was inside there, nobody else inside there, we had removed people from homes nearby, so there really wasn't any danger of anybody being harmed.  We can wait until that person is ready to come out," Clemens said.

After eight hours of negotiations, Arapahoe turned himself in and was arrested without incident.

Arapahoe yelled at our camera through the glass window on his way to court on Thursday.

Throughout the court proceedings, Arapahoe kept interrupting the judge and prosecutor.  The judge called Arapahoe a flight risk and set bail at $50,000, cash only.

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