Rapid City police have arrested a man in connection with the beating death of a woman.

Police say they responded to the emergency room of a Rapid City hospital in the early morning hours of November 9th.

A woman was brought in from a local motel, unconscious with bruising to her head and face. The woman later died as a result of the injuries. An autopsy showed she suffered significant blunt force trauma to the head.

Police interviewed 44-year-old Pedro Simental in connection with the woman’s death and he was subsequently arrested for First Degree Manslaughter.

Police say that the victim and suspect knew each other.

Simental was taken to jail and the investigation continues.


November 15, 2023