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Jul 29

Aggravated Assault

Posted on July 29, 2022 at 9:02 AM by Michelle Delaney

Occurred: 7/9/2022 12:22AM Location: Main St, Bushnell, SD

On the above date and time, the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office, Brookings Police Department, South Dakota Highway Patrol, SDSU Police, Aurora Fire Department and Brookings Ambulance responded to the above location for an assault. It was found, James Basham, 44 of Brookings, SD, had an altercation with Derk Hartenhoff, 26 of White, SD. During this altercation James presented a knife and stabbed Derk in the face and shoulder. Derk was taken to the Brookings Hospital by Brookings Ambulance to be treated for his injuries. After the assault, James fled the scene. Law enforcement conducted an extensive search of the area, which included using the Sheriff’s Office UAV and K9. Officers from all responding agencies conducted foot patrols and searched likely routes.

On 7/9/2022 4:55PM an arrest warrant was issued for James Basham for Two Counts of Aggravated Assault. This arrest warrant set a $10,000 cash only bond. A nationwide search was conducted for Basham.

On 7/28/2022 at 8:00PM, James turned himself into law enforcement officers in Brookings. Mr. Basham was booked into the Brookings County Detention Center. After being taken into custody, James immediately posted the $10,000 cash bond. James was released, on bond, approx. one hour after being taken into custody. National efforts to take James into custody have ceased.

Scott Sebring
Assistant Sheriff
Brookings County Sheriff’s Office
315 7th Ave
Brookings, SD 57006