Man arrested by Sioux Falls SWAT in connection with armed robbery of liquor store

Police said a Minnehaha County Sheriff's deputy also reviewed the footage, and was able to identify the suspect.


SIOUX FALLS — An armed robbery suspect is facing felony charges after he was apprehended by a SWAT team in west-central Sioux Falls.

Meron Behre, 25, of Sioux Falls, was arrested Monday, Dec. 12, on suspicion of first-degree robbery and aggravated assault, the city’s police department announced Tuesday morning, Dec. 13.

Police said the arrest stems from 5:45 p.m. Sunday evening, when a previously unidentified male entered a liquor store near the intersection of West 12th Street and Lyndale Avenue. The suspect pointed a firearm at the store clerk, took cash and left the premises, police said.

Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said surveillance was key to identifying a suspect, as a deputy with the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office recognized Behre from the footage.

After having a positive identification of Behre, the Sioux Falls SWAT team was dispatched to Behre’s apartment at approximately 4 p.m. Monday. Clemens said the use of a firearm in the robbery led to an elevated response from police.


Through the use of SWAT negotiators, authorities were able to compel Behre to surrender. He was taken into custody roughly three-and-a-half hours after police first arrived. The firearm was later determined to be a BB gun.

Behre was charged with a Class 2 and Class 3 felony in connection to the robbery. If convicted, he could be sentenced to serve up to 40 years in prison and pay fines of up to $80,000.

A court appearance has not yet been set.

A South Dakota native, Hunter joined Forum Communications Company as a reporter for the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic in June 2021 and now works as a digital reporter for Forum News Service, focusing on local news in Sioux Falls. He also writes regional news spanning across the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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