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Neighbors react to standoff in central Sioux Falls

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25-year-old Derek Arapahoe is behind  bars Thursday night. He was wanted on felony drug charges and engaged law enforcement in an eight hour standoff Wednesday night in central Sioux Falls.

Neighbors were evacuated early in the evening and weren't allowed to go home until Arapahoe surrendered early Thursday morning.

Neighbors told KSFY the area they live in is usually quiet. But after fugitive Arapahoe took refuge in an unlocked home Thursday night, they're double checking that their doors are locked.

Michell Smith lives just two doors down from where Arapahoe surrendered.

"This is a nice little quiet place. You would think nothing like this would never happen like this. A standoff, a squad truck, special forces -- come on  -- canine dogs everywhere. Oh my goodness, I was just wondering what in the world was going on," said Smith.

She's only lived in the neighborhood for a couple days -- what a welcoming this was she says. Before she was told to evacuate her home by police officers, she grabbed her camera.
"We started taking pictures with my camera out of the window and we noticed a U.S. Marshal, female, was here and an officer had a weapon drawn there," Smith.

Once Smith and her neighbors were told to evacuate their homes, the Red Cross stepped in to give them water and blankets.
"I thought this was a dream. You know, you can open your eyes and say this nightmare is not real. I'm really sitting here in the cold weather here with other people," said Smith.

Smith is from St. Louis. Incidents like these, she says, you only think of happening in big cities.
"I don't know if this guy had something going on with his mind but I know if they give up, they'll take you with him, they don't care who they take with him," said Smith.

More charges are likely going to be filed again Arapahoe. That will add to his more than 20 pages wrap sheet of charges -- 56 in total.
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