NEW: Watertown man wanted on kidnapping, assault charges

January 31, 2023
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating a Watertown man wanted for kidnapping and assault.

Codington County Sheriff Brad Howell says 24 year-old Deven Taylor Burgher (pictured) assaulted a woman at a residence in Florence on January 26th.

Howell says after assaulting her, Burgher forced the woman into his vehicle, leaving the woman’s 18 month-old child unattended at the home.

Burgher drove the woman into the country and forced her out of the vehicle in bitterly cold temperatures. He returned a short time later to pick her up before returning to the residence.

Howell says there’s an active warrant out for Burgher’s arrest. He’s wanted on charges of First Degree Kidnapping, Simple Assault Domestic, False Imprisonment, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and Harassing Phone Calls.

Anyone with information on Burgher’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Codington County Sheriff’s Office.

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