Police search for man accused in Brookings County kidnapping

July 19, 2021

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say a 23-year-old Sioux Falls man accused of abducting a woman at a South Dakota state park and leading police on an extended chase remains at large.

Authorities say Jasmine Benning of Sioux Falls was sitting in a vehicle at Oakwood State Park near the town of Bruce early Sunday morning when 23 year-old Alexander Andrade started striking the vehicle with a machete.

Authorities say Andrade forcefully removed Benning and left the scene with her in another vehicle.

The Brookings County Sheriff’s Office says Andrade was able to elude police while heading toward Sioux Falls before his vehicle ran out of gas.

Benning was able to escape and call authorities, while Andrade fled on foot. He’s facing charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and aggravated domestic assault