Minnesota murder suspects caught outside Laurel

By 
Chris Mcconnell
Thursday, July 15, 2021
The Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Department and Montana Highway Patrol arrest two murder suspects out of Minnesota last Friday morning on Highway 10 just west of Laurel. More than a dozen law enforcement personnel and a sheriff’s department helicopter were involved in the pursuit which reached speeds in excess of 100 mph. Outlook photo by Chris McConnell

The Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Department and Montana Highway Patrol arrest two murder suspects out of Minnesota last Friday morning on Highway 10 just west of Laurel. More than a dozen law enforcement personnel and a sheriff’s department helicopter were involved in the pursuit which reached speeds in excess of 100 mph. Outlook photo by Chris McConnell

A high speed chase that began on Interstate 90 with speeds reaching well over 100 miles per hour ended near North Hart Road on Highway 10 just west of Laurel last Friday morning. Law enforcement received a tip that Minnesota homicide suspects Nicolas Alan Taylor, 29, and Ryann Elizabeth Smith, 22, were in the area in a stolen vehicle. Montana Highway Patrol located the vehicle and the pursuit headed west on I–90 before the suspects took the Park City exit and came back towards Laurel on Highway 10. They were about a mile ahead of the closest law enforcement vehicle when they turned up the dead end road but the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office helicopter was right on top of them. The suspects attempted to get back on Highway 10 but by that time multiple troopers and deputies were on scene and after a brief foot pursuit they were arrested without incident.

The murder charges for Taylor and Smith stem from a botched burglary in Dakota County south of Minneapolis. According to the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minn., the victim was found bound and gagged and died from asphyxiation after Smith rendered him unconscious by hitting him in the head with a large flashlight. Multiple suspects fled the scene but only Taylor and Smith escaped.

Both suspects are currently in the Yellowstone County Detention Facility while Minnesota authorities prepare to extradite them.

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