Three suspects are now in custody after two shootings, one that left a Rapid City man seriously injured, and another that left a Rapid City woman dead.
At around 3:45 a.m. on August 16th, police were dispatched to the 3900 block of Pointe West Place for a report of a male subject who had been shot. On arrival, police located the shooting victim and began rendering emergency first aid. A medical unit arrived and transported the man to the hospital for the treatment of serious, life-threatening injuries. The victim’s vehicle was located a short distance away with damage consistent with being shot into.
The ensuing investigation developed information that 26-year-old David Mestas of Sioux Falls and 26-year-old Richard Sanchez of Rapid City were persons of interest in the case. Police were also looking for 23-year-old Dominique Brave of Rapid City as a person who may have had information about the shooting.
On August 22nd, Rapid City police received information that Richard Sanchez, Mestas, Brave, and 22-year-old Christina Sanchez had fled Rapid City the day following the shooting. They were also informed that Mestas had shot Brave while travelling through Juab County, Utah, and the car was now stopped at a gas station in the area of Mona, UT. Law enforcement in the area were notified and took Richard Sanchez, Mestas, and Christina Sanchez into custody. It was confirmed to Rapid City police that the deceased female was Dominique Brave.
Richard Sanchez and Mestas have since been placed under arrest in Utah in connection with Brave’s murder. Inquiries for information about Brave’s death will be referred to the Juab County Sherriff’s Office. Pennington County Warrants have been issued for their arrest for Attempted Murder in connection with the August 16th shooting in Rapid City.
Christina Sanchez has been taken into custody for Accessory to Attempted Murder in relation to the August 16th shooting. She has since been booked into the Pennington County Jail.
The investigation into these shooting incidents remains open and ongoing.
* The charges are merely accusations and the arrested individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Any additional details regarding this case can be obtained from the Pennington County State’s Attorney and/or court records as appropriate.