United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for two counts of Assaulting, Opposing, Resisting and Impeding a Federal Officer; Assault with a Dangerous Weapon; Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury; two counts of Using and Carrying a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence; two counts of Child Abuse; and Kidnapping.
Linn Cross Dog, III, age 22, was indicted on May 17, 2016. He appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Mark Moreno on May 25, 2016, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is life imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine, 5 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.
It is alleged that on May 11, 2016, during a routine traffic stop of a vehicle, Cross Dog, who was a passenger, took control of the vehicle at gun point and drove away with the remaining passengers in the vehicle, including two children. After a short vehicle pursuit, Cross Dog exited the vehicle, shot and wounded a Rosebud Sioux Tribe Police Officer, and fled on foot.
Based on this incident, Cross Dog was charged by criminal complaint with one count of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, and a federal arrest warrant was issued.
It is further alleged that on May 13, 2016, as agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and United States Marshals Service were executing the arrest warrant at a house in Parmelee, South Dakota, Cross Dog was in possession of a firearm and forcibly resisted arrest.
The charges are merely accusations and Cross Dog is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Numerous additional agencies were involved in the search for Cross Dog between May 11 and 13, 2016, including the United States Marshals Service; the Bureau of Indian Affairs; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Game, Fish and Parks Department; the South Dakota Highway Patrol; the South Dakota National Guard; the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation; the Mellette County Sheriff’s Office; the Stanley County Sheriff’s Office; and the Pierre Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk W. Albertson is prosecuting the case.
Cross Dog was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.
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