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Police: Man hit woman, stole pickup, fired handgun at occupied vehicle

A 23-year-old Mitchell man has been arrested, authorities say, for intentionally causing a vehicle crash, hitting a woman in the face, leaving the scene of another crash and then stealing a pickup and shooting a handgun toward an occupied vehicle.

Eric Rumbolz was arrested Sunday following multiple alleged crimes earlier that morning in Mitchell. At the time of his arrest, Rumbolz was a parolee with the South Dakota Department of Corrections. No one was injured and no property was damaged by the gunfire, police said Monday.

The Mitchell Department of Public Safety said Rumbolz and a woman were driving separate vehicles in Mitchell early Sunday morning, near M&H Convenience Store, when Rumbolz drove the front of his car into the back of the woman’s car. He then entered the woman’s car, struck her in the face and then drove away, police said. 

Rumbolz then hit a small flatbed trailer parked curbside in the 400 block of North Isadore Street and then left the scene. 

Police say Rumbolz later stole a pickup parked by an alleyway in the 800 block of West Fourth Avenue, and then he drove past the woman who he assaulted earlier. The woman was sitting in her car when police say Rumbolz shot “several rounds” from a handgun. The shooting incident was reported to have occurred near the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Iowa Street in Mitchell. Rumbolz is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a past felony conviction. 

The alleged crimes occurred at approximately 5 a.m. Sunday.

Rumbolz was arrested for grand theft of a vehicle valued more than $1,000 but less than or equal to $2,500; failure to stop after an accident and give notice to the property owner; intentional damage to property valued at more than $400 but less than $1,000; aggravated assault domestic; discharge of a firearm from a motor vehicle in a municipality; possession of a firearm by person with felony drug conviction; and simple assault domestic.

Police say the handgun in the shooting has not been recovered, and the investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information, authorities are asking people to report it to the Mitchell Police Division at 605-996-5516 or Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers at ph. 605 996-1700.

Rumbolz has been charged with three Class 6 felonies, each punishable upon conviction by up to 2 years in prison and a fine of $4,000; two Class 1 misdemeanors, each punishable upon conviction by up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine; and a Class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of $30,000.

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