Minimum security South Dakota inmate placed on escape status

September 30, 2021

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say a minimum security inmate at the South Dakota State Penitentiary walked away from a community service work assignment.

Eric Blue Bird was placed on escape status after leaving the Sioux Falls Community Work Center on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old Blue Bird is serving sentences for aggravated assault from both Jackson County and Minnehaha County.

He faces an additional five years in prison on a charge of second-degree escape.