Manuel Frias Arrested In Nebraska After Standoff


The man wanted in Sioux Falls for murder, Manuel Frias, has been arrested in South Sioux City in Nebraska.

Just before 10 p.m. Tuesday, the U.S. Marshals Service brought Frias into custody following a standoff late Tuesday evening. He is wanted for allegedly shooting one of the two men who died in a drug deal turned robbery on January 5 outside a Sioux Falls apartment.

Frias will be held at Dakota County Jail in Nebraska for extradition proceedings.

According to the U.S. Marshals’ office, the Sioux Falls Area Fugitive Task Force received a tip earlier in the day that led to authorities locating Frias. Although he initially refused to turn himself over to authorities, he was later arrested without incident.

Court papers detail how Maria LeClaire asked Frias to help her and Corey Zephier rob Samuel Crockett earlier this month after saying said he had almost $1,000 to purchase methamphetamine from Zephier. 

When Frias and Zephier met with Crockett, Zephier allegedly pointed a gun to Crockett’s head. According to an affidavit, Crockett then shot and killed Zephier before Frias shot Crockett. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The search for Frias also led to six other arrests in the Sioux Falls area.

This story was updated at 6:55 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17

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