Myron Eliason, 81, was driving from his home in Belle Fourche. He was on his way to the Buffalo Chip campground in Sturgis to volunteer to help the DAV. It was mid-afternoon and he picked up a hitchhiker at Whitewood. Just before getting to the Buffalo Chip the hitchhiker, Robert Fox of New Orleans, LA for no known reason, began stabbing Myron with a knife. Myron went into the ditch. He suffered numerous stab wounds, one deep wound in each lung, deflating both.
Myron lost track of time. It seemed so many people passed him by without stopping to help. Then an employee of Russ Brown Attorneys, returning to the Chip, saw the conflict, called 911 and actually went to help Myron, pulling him from the vehicle and helping ward off further attacks.
The Meade County Dispatch radioed the Buffalo Chipís dispatch to advise the conflict was near the Chip. The Chipís security, EMTís and ambulance responded immediately and soon arrived at the scene. Buffalo Chip Security secured the crime scene until law enforcement could arrive. The Chipís EMTís stabilized Myron and, having no time to wait for an ambulance from town, ambulanced him to the hospital in the Chipís ambulance.
Myron is still in the Rapid City Regional Hospital. Heís alive, is recovering and hopes to be transferred to the VA hospital in Fort Meade as soon as a bed becomes available.