SOUTH SIOUX CITY | A suspect in a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, double homicide was arrested Tuesday night in South Sioux City.

Ed Mahon, the South Sioux City police chief, said the department was notified around 6:30 p.m. that Manuel Frias was in the South Sioux City area.

Frias was wanted for the Jan. 5 murder of 28-year-old Samuel Crockett and 30-year-old Corey Zephier in an apparent drug-related killing outside a Sioux Falls apartment building. 

The South Sioux City police department, with assistance from the Dakota County Sheriff's Department as well as the U.S. Marshals Service, began its attempt to extract Frias from a house near East 20th and B streets around 9:30 p.m. 

At first, negotiations to get Frias out did not go well. 

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"We confirmed the person was in there, but he wouldn't talk to us," Mahon said. 

So the department activated its SRT (special response team), which Mahon said is "kind of like a SWAT team," shared between Dakota County and South Sioux City. 

Officers learned there was a 10-year-old in the house along with Frias, who was able to escape safely. The SRT was able to place a "throw phone," which Mahon described as a device used to communicate in a standoff, into the house. 

Around 10 p.m., Frias emerged from the house on his own and was arrested. As of Wednesday morning, he was being held in the Dakota County Jail, and is expected to be extradited to South Dakota. 

Mahon said that Frias did have connections in South Sioux City and had at some point resided there. He could not comment on Frias' relationship to the home he was in at the time of the standoff. 

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