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Mitchell police investigate aggravated assault, burglaries

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

The Mitchell Police Division is investigating an aggravated assault and two business burglaries that occurred earlier this week. Authorities don't believe the crimes are related.

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The Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers has designated these as crimes of the week and is offering monetary rewards for information leading to arrests.

Police suspect two men assaulted one man early Monday morning in Mitchell.

According to a press release, a man was assaulted around 1 a.m. in the 300 block of West Second Avenue. Detective Sgt. Dean Knippling said the man was standing outside his residence when two suspects approached him.

"They talked to him for a while and then assaulted him," Knippling said. "At one point, it appeared they stopped assaulting him and tried to help him, but then they assaulted him again."

Knippling said the victim does not know the suspects and the assault seemed to be unprovoked. The victim took himself to the hospital for head injuries, Knippling said. Apparently the suspects kicked the victim in the head, according to Knippling, who added the suspects were likely influenced by alcohol.

One suspect is described as 5-feet-5, stocky and an American Indian male. He has tattoos on his chest, neck and arms. On one arm is praying hands. He also may have a mustache. He was wearing black basketball shorts and a black tank top undershirt.

The second suspect is described as 5-feet-10, stocky and American Indian male. He was wearing black or gray basketball shorts and black T-shirt with Nike printed on it.

Both are estimated to be 25 years old. Before the alleged attack, they were walking north on Sanborn Street.

The following day, Sun Gold Trophies at 714 E. Kay in Mitchell was burglarized. The perpetrator or perpetrators forcibly entered the building between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday. The building sustained a significant amount of property damage and less than $500 in cash was taken.

Around 2:40 a.m. Wednesday, a perpetrator forcibly entered Mitchell Meat Locker at 1420 E. Havens Ave. The business sustained significant property damage inside the building, but it is unknown whether anything was stolen.

Knippling did not comment on how the perpetrators entered the buildings because the cases are still under investigation.

If you have information in relation to these incidents, or if you have information regarding suspicious activity in this area at these times, or information relating to any other crime, call Crime Stoppers at 996-1700. You do not have to identify yourself, and a cash reward is available if it leads to the arrest of the subject or subjects involved. There are no caller IDs attached to this phone line, so you will remain anonymous. To send a crime tip via text message, download the free app. "Tipsubmit" on your smart phone and select Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers or text "MITCS plus your message" to "274637". Upon receipt of a tipster's first incoming message the system will auto-reply with a confirmation containing the tipster's unique tip ID. Anonymous two way communication can then occur between the tipster and Investigators. You can also go to www.mitchellcrimestoppers.org to submit a crime tip by e-mail.

Information received through Crime Stoppers remains anonymous. Tipsters who provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s) will be given a cash reward.

A minimum of $250 is paid for rewards on all "Crime of the Weeks" solved through Crime Stoppers. Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers, Inc., offers this reward. Rewards will not be paid if crime tips, leading to an arrest, are not made directly to Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers, Inc., by telephone, text message or by web tip.

To date, 346 crimes have been solved through information from Crime Stoppers.

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