December 28, 2021

$5,000 reward offered for information leading to arrest of suspect in October 19th stabbing homicide

As police continue to work to investigate a stabbing that took the life of 24-year-old Leon Richards of Rapid City on October 19th, authorities have secured $5,000 from the Community Reward Fund to offer as a reward for video or other information that leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for his murder. Video can be submitted to police anonymously.

At around 4:10 a.m. on October 19th, police were dispatched to the area of 120 Surfwood drive for a report of a stabbing that had just occurred. 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 Richards, and he was transported from the scene to the hospital. Several hours later, police were notified that he had succumbed to his injuries.

Police believe a number of witnesses were present at the time the stabbing occurred, and there is reason to believe cell phone video was captured of the incident.

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 Community Reward Fund is a 501(C)(3) public charity that was incorporated in 1994. It is used to administer the distribution of funds donated by the community. The CRF is administered by a seven-member panel which delegates when money from the fund is to be offered in order to facilitate the resolution of serious crimes. 

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