Minnehaha Sheriff asks for help in finding rape suspect
The Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office and Sioux Falls Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for a man accused of raping an 8-year-old child.
Albert Wayne Armentrout, 60, is wanted for 1st Degree Rape. His picture can be viewed on Minnehaha County's Most Wanted web site.
Albert is his first name, but police say the suspect sometimes goes by the name of Wayne. Albert is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs around 200 pounds. He has brown eyes and grey hair.
If you have any information on his location please contact the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office, Sioux Falls Police Dept or Crime stoppers at 605-367-7007.
Sioux Falls Police Spokesman, Sam Clemens says the case started as a Department of Social Services referral that was received on October 19, 2012. The case was a sexual contact between the suspect and an 8-year-old victim, who no longer lives in South Dakota.
The incident happened at an apartment complex in the 3500-block of South Marion Road, which is the home of Armentrout's friend.
The child disclosed to a family friend that there was sexual contact between her and Armentrout. The family friend then called child protection services who then called police.
A warrant was issued on March 4.
Sgt. Jason Gearman, Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office, says Armentrout is not considered dangerous or a threat to the community. However, Gearman says through recent interviews with family and friends they learned the Armentrout does not want to turn himself in or go to jail.
Gearman says if Armentrout is staying with anyone then that person would be considered harboring a fugitive, which is a felony.
Armentrout is considered to be a flight risk. If you have any information on his location please contact the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office, Sioux Falls Police Dept or Crime stoppers at 605-367-7007.