JEWEL CAVE NATIONAL MONUMENT
Man Breaks Into NPS Apartment
A park law enforcement ranger living in an NPS apartment on Forest Service land in the city of Custer was rudely awakened by a loud bang from the apartment next door at 1 a.m. on September 12th. When he investigated, he found a green-haired, barefoot man lying on a bloody mattress in the apartment. When the man saw the ranger, he got up and fled from the apartment. Responding Custer County deputies followed his blood trail (the man had cut his feet when he kicked in the apartment door) to a nearby apartment complex. The man turned himself in at the sheriff’s department and confessed to the break-in. Sheriff’s department officers and rangers are jointly investigating the incident.