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Police Arrest Sioux Falls Man For Murder, Rape, Burglary

March 28, 2014, 5:03 PM

Police Arrest Sioux Falls Man For Murder, Rape, Burglary

Sioux Falls police have made an arrest in the death of 56-year-old Kari Kirkegaard.

Thanks to surveillance video, tips from the public and DNA evidence, 40-year-old Christopher Dean Kryger is in custody. After a lengthy investigation spanning almost two weeks, Kryger was arrested Friday afternoon and faces three alternate counts of murder in the first degree, two counts of rape in the second and third degree, and two counts of first degree burglary.

Investigators were pointed in Kryger's direction after a tip call they received through CrimeStoppers.

The tip informed them that Kryger was known to ride his bike in the neighborhood wearing the same clothing seen in surveillance video from the night Kirkegaard was killed.  Investigators spoke with Kryger last Thursday and they were able to connect pieces of evidence collected at the scene to Kryger as well as DNA evidence collected through a rape kit.

He is now being held in the Minnehaha County Jail on $1 million bond. The charges he faces could have him spending the rest of his life in prison.

This isn't Kryger's first run-in with the law. He was on parole when he was arrested Friday and has spent most of his life in prison.

In December of 2008, Sioux Falls police arrested him for breaking into an apartment, physically and sexually assaulting a woman whose brothers caught him and held onto him until officers arrived.  He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in that case.

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