Escaped Inmate Captured By Pierre Area Law Enforcement Tuesday

(KCCR) — A South Dakota Department of Corrections inmate from Hughes County who left a community service work site in Yankton January 3rd is back in custody…

“Richard Barela, who is an escapee from the Department of Corrections Yankton Trustee Unit was in a residence in the 1200 block of East Summit here in Pierre.  Officers from the police department along with the Sheriff’s Office and the United States Marshals Service went to attempt to make contact.  When they discovered Mr. Barela was in the residence, he barricaded himself inside the residence and would not come out.”
Pierre Police Captain Bryan Walz says that lead to a nearly three and a half hour standoff with Barela…

“We started with negotiating with him.  Made contact with him; we’re carrying on conversations with trying to negotiate his surrender. Once those broke down and he no longer would speak with us, we had to resort to other means.  Members of our local Central South Dakota SWAT Team which is comprised of the Pierre Police Department and Hughes County Sheriff’s Office then began their duties, which was they introduced C-S gas and Oleoresin Capsicum or pepper spray into the residence in an attempt to get him to come out.”
Walz says Barela continued to refuse to exit the home which forced further action…

“Once all that was done, we were able to ascertain that he was in the corner of the residence; of the basement of the residence, near a door, which we had direct access to.  Officers were able to get him to that door, open the door and attempt to take him into custody however he did refuse to cooperate so we were forced to use less lethal munitions in order to take him into custody.”
The standoff meant police waited outside when temperatures in Pierre hovered around five degrees Tuesday afternoon. Barela had taken a State of South Dakota pick-up when he left the Yankton area. That vehicle was recovered in Pierre. Barela is serving a 10 year sentence with four years suspended on a possession of a controlled substance charge out of Hughes County.