Iowa murder suspect arrested in Flandreau

SHELDON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a suspect in an Iowa killing was arrested Friday outside a marijuana dispensary in South Dakota. Forty-one-year-old Nathanial Byron Kessel, of Rock Rapids, Iowa, is now awaiting extradition.

He was taken into custody on the first-degree murder warrant after the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe police chief noticed a vehicle that Iowa officials were seeking at the Royal River Casino and Hotel. The police chief then alerted other agencies and Kessel was apprehended outside the Native Nations Cannabis Dispensary.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said in a news release that Kessel also is accused in the arrest warrant of being a felon in possession of a firearm.


March 27, 2023