Standoff after break-in ends peacefully
36-year-old surrenders as SWAT team acts with flash-ban device
October 03. 2013 10:13AM
A Sioux Falls man who barricaded himself inside a northern Sioux Falls home Wednesday was apprehended safely after several hours.
SWAT team units were able to get David Jeremy Neuroth Jr., 36, to surrender and come out of his cousin’s home at 1309 E. 70th St. through the use of a flash-bang device. Neuroth’s cousin was in the home for a few hours before authorities were able to get him out, Sheriff Mike Milstead said.
Neuroth was wanted for breaking into a home Tuesday night on the 660 block of North Ninth Ave. at 7:30 p.m. He reportedly broke a window to the front door and was trying to get inside. Residents locked themselves inside a bathroom and called 911.
Police later determined Neuroth had taken shelter at his cousin’s home and authorities spent much of Wednesday outside the home.
Any potential charges for Neuroth’s cousin, such as harboring a criminal, will be up to the state’s attorney’s office, Milstead said.
Shortly after 9:20 a.m., police blocked the road in the area of North Golden Nugget Avenue and East 70th Street while crews worked to remove the subject.
Residents in surrounding homes were placed under a shelter-in-place order, and those trying to get into the neighborhood were barred from their homes.
Numerous attempts were made to contact Neuroth by phone while he was in the home. When those attempts failed, police moved the barricade closer to the home and brought in a negotiator to persuade him to give himself up peacefully.
“We did have to do some damage to the house. Using a bear cat, we did take out the front door, but we were able to get this individual in custody on some serious charges,” Milstead said.
Neuroth is being charged with first-degree burglary and aggravated assault.
Milstead said Neuroth had no weapons on him when he was apprehended.
Tatyana Ibrisevic, 29, and her three children were among the residents forced to take shelter in their homes for hours.
“We were shocked,” she said. “Right now I’m scared to even let my kids go out of the house because you never know what’s going on.”
Dan Smith, 69, has lived on East 68th Street for five years. When he left his home to go to the store, he noticed a couple police cars in his neighborhood.
“I went about my way and assumed that they would be gone when I got back,” he said.
He returned an hour later to find even more squad cars had moved in.
“There were a whole line of cars, police presence, and a bunch of serious looking SWAT team guys in uniform carrying guns,” Smith said. “This is not normal. The only activity that usually happens around here is at the park when kids swing. This is a pretty quiet neighborhood.”