The Sioux Falls Police Department arrested three people in connection to a homicide that occurred on Dec. 30.
Josue Emmanuel Hernandez, 21, of Sioux Falls, was arrested by police Tuesday afternoon after leading authorities in a high-speed chase, according to police spokesman, Sam Clemens. He is a suspect in the Dec. 30 homicide of James Mitchell Houchins near West Pine Meadows Place and West Sandalwood Place.
Hernandez was arrested after a pursuit with authorities that covered almost 11 miles in west-central Sioux Falls and ended at Second Street and Kiwanis Avenue on Tuesday afternoon, police say.
Three police vehicles were damaged, as well as two other vehicles. There were no injuries, police spokesman Sam Clemens said. The pursuit reached speeds of 50 to 70 mph on 12th Street, Kiwanis Avenue, Marion Road and 41st Street, among others. By the time police issued the pit maneuver, Hernandez’s vehicle had been slowed down considerably because of damage after it hit a snowbank, Clemens said.
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Houchins was shot and left for dead in the middle of the street, and police said several passerby drove and walked by without calling authorities.
Before Hernandez’s arrest, Crystal Lorraine Mousseau, 28, of Sioux Falls, was arrested Monday morning and Susan Alice Sanchez, 29, of Sioux Falls, was arrested Saturday, in connection to the homicide.
Documents: Hernandez wanted to rob Houchin of $1,000
According to court documents, Mousseau told police Hernandez was mad at the victim for “taking $1,000 off one of his friends,” and was planning to rob him of his money. Mousseau told detectives she didn’t see Hernandez’s gun, but knew he had one on him.
Hernandez and Houchins were in a black vehicle near the scene where Houchins was found dead. Mousseau told detectives she saw Hernandez exit the vehicle and enter into a silver Kia Forte that she and the victim arrived in. Mousseau then saw Houchins exit the black vehicle and collapse in the street, according to court documents. Everybody fled the scene afterward.
Court documents also revealed that Hernandez and Mousseau met later that day and Hernandez was described as being “amped” and gave “cryptic” answers when asked if he shot the victim. Mousseau told detectives she wasn’t given a “yes” or “no” answer.
Mousseau and Hernandez fled to Denver in the silver Kia Forte previously driven by the victim. It was towed in Henderson, Colorado, so the pair called Sanchez to pick them up, and they told her about the incident. Both Hernandez and Sanchez wanted to flee to Texas or California, but Mousseau demanded to return to Sioux Falls, court documents said.
Hernandez and Mousseau are being charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and attempted robbery. Sanchez is being charged for being an accessory to a crime, eluding law enforcement and possession of a controlled substance.
According to the Minnehaha County jail log, Mousseau was booked into jail Monday morning on a $500,000 bond. Hernandez was booked Tuesday night and Sanchez last Friday. Sanchez’s bond amount is listed at $255,000. No bond was listed for Hernandez.