Barela captured in Pierre after 11 days on the run

An inmate from the Department of Corrections Yankton Trustee Unit who left his community service worksite almost two weeks ago, was captured yesterday (Tues.) in Pierre.

Pierre Police captain Bryan Walz says shortly after noon yesterday, they received information that Richard Barela was hiding out at a residence in the 1200 block of East Summit Avenue. Pierre Police along with deputies from the United States Marshal’s Office and Hughes County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the residence and attempted to take Barela into custody. Barela didn’t cooperate and barricaded himself in the residence. Walz says officers attempted to negotiate with Barela for his surrender, however negotiations broke down after nearly three hours.

Members of the Central South Dakota SWAT team introduced gas and pepper spray into the residence. Officers were able to isolate Barela near an entry, but he continued to refuse to cooperate so SWAT team members used less than lethal munitions to take him into custody.

As a precaution, Barela was treated at Avera St. Mary’s before being taken to the Hughes County Jail.

Barela took a pickup belonging to the State of South Dakota Jan. 3 in Yankton. The vehicle was found in Pierre Jan. 4. He’s serving a 10-year sentence for possession of a controlled substance out of Hughes County.

Photo credit: Joseph Barkoff with the Capital Journal.

Mugshot photo from the South Dakota Department of Corrections.