UPDATE: Suspect wanted in Sioux Falls double homicide arrested in Minnesota

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Photo courtesy of the Goodhue County Jail

Prairie Island Police and Sioux Falls Police say Maria LeClaire was arrested peacefully on Thursday afternoon at the Treasure Island Casino and Resort.

"A citizen there saw her, notified local law enforcement and they were able to take her into custody," Ofc. Kyle Johnson of the Sioux Falls Police Dept. said. "Again this is just a great example of how citizens and law enforcement can come together to catch individuals that are wanted and help bring about resolutions to crimes."

Prairie Island Police spokesperson Kevin Smith, who also works public relations for Treasure Island Casino and Resort said, it's unclear exactly where the tip that led police to LeClaire came from.

"One of our police officers was in the casino on another incident and he was approached by one of the Treasure Island security supervisors who told the officer there was an individual in the casino with a warrant out," Smith said. "The police officer was able to contact Ms. LeClaire and place her under arrest without incident here at the casino. She did not resist in any way and was taken into custody and just walked out the front door."

Police said they aren't sure how long LeClaire was in Red Wing, or on the reservation.

"She was not the individual whose name was attached to the room reservation so it's unclear exactly how long she was here," Smith said.

But, LeClaire wasn't alone ...

"There were some other family members with her, I don't know exactly how many people with her," Smith said. "But she was arrested in a hotel room."

One of the people with her actually assisted in the arrest.

"One individual who knew her -- knew of her whereabouts in the casino -- went with an officer to her room, confirmed it was her, she confirmed her identity and that's how the arrest took place," Smith said.

The one person who wasn't with her? Manuel Frias -- still wanted for 1st degree murder -- for last week's "drug rip" gone bad.

"It doesn't appear that she was in that person's [Frias'] presence here," Smith said. "He didn't seem to be here at all."

There are currently no leads police have made public about Frias' whereabouts. Sioux Falls Police said Frias should turn himself in.

"The best thing he could do right now is just give himself up," Johnson said."That's the safest thing for everybody. That way there's no more violence and we can get this case closed."

Police say if you see Frias, you should still consider him armed and dangerous. Call 911 or CrimeStoppers at 605-367-7007.


Police in Red Wing, MN have arrested one of the two suspects wanted in connection with a Sioux Falls ‘drug rip gone bad’ that resulted in the death of two men.

A citizen spotted 27-year-old Maria Shantel LeClaire in Red Wing on Thursday and notified local authorities. LeClaire was then taken into custody without incident and is being held at the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office.

LeClaire was wanted for accessory to robbery charges in connection with the double homicide that occurred on Sioux Falls' north side on January 5th.

Manuel Frias is still at large. He is wanted for first-degree murder in the shootings that killed 28-year-old Samuel Crockett and 30-year-old Corey Zephier.

Police say they are still following up on various tips to find Frias, but he has not yet been found.

There will be more information released at the 10:30 AM media briefing on Friday, January 12, 2018.

This is a developing story. Stay with KSFY News both on air and online for the latest.