A woman was able to escape after being kidnapped at Oakwood Lakes State Park.
Assistant Sheriff Scott Sebring says it was reported at about 4:20
Sunday morning. He says 22-year-old Jasmine Benning of Sioux Falls was
sitting in a vehicle with two friends when a Blue Jeep pulled up behind
them. A male suspect identified as 23-year-old Alexander Felipe Andrade
of Sioux Falls exited the Jeep with a machete and approached the
victim’s vehicle, striking it with the weapon. He reached in and
forcefully removed Benning. Andrade forced her into the vehicle he was
driving and left the scene.
SDSU Police located the suspect vehicle on the Highway 14 bypass near
Brookings and pursued it for several miles on Interstate 29, then onto
highway 324 before losing contact.
Sioux Falls Police later located the vehicle in that city and began a
pursuit. That chase was ended for safety reasons. The suspect vehicle
was located minutes later after it had run out of gas. Benning was able
to get away and call Police. Andrade fled on foot and is still at large.
Sebring says the two had been in a previous relationship.
Andrade is being charged with first-degree kidnapping, intentional
damage to property, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of
aggravated domestic assault.
A female identified as 29-year-old Ashle Heier of Brookings was
allegedly in the suspect vehicle with Andrade at the time of the
kidnapping. Heier was located, interviewed and released by Police.
Charges are pending.
Anyone with any information about this case is asked to contact the
Sheriff’s Department or Crime Stoppers at 692-STOP.
(Thanks, Brookings Radio)