Aggravated Assault/Eluding and Kidnapping
At about 8:54 a.m. this morning, Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Sioux Falls Police responded to the southwest area of Sioux Falls on West 41st Street in reference to a report of a male assaulting and forcing a female into a vehicle. Prior to units arriving in the area, a witness reported that the male had forced the female into the vehicle, and the vehicle described as a silver-colored sedan bearing South Dakota license plates was last seen traveling south.
A responding officer observed the vehicle passing other traffic southbound within the middle turn lane at a fast rate of speed. The officer turned around attempting to catch up to the vehicle as the vehicle continued southbound out of the city continuing into rural Lincoln County. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and South Dakota Highway Patrol were notified as the Sioux Falls police officer called in the suspect vehicle’s last known direction of travel. The Highway Patrol and Lincoln County deputies located the suspect vehicle still traveling southbound at 100+ mph and were able to subsequently deflate one of the vehicle’s tires, successfully stopping the vehicle from continuing to flee.
The male suspect, 33-year-old Joshua Burnell, was then apprehended without incident and the female was recovered without further injury. The suspect faces aggravated assault and kidnapping charges in Minnehaha County as well as aggravated eluding, DUI, and a host of related traffic violations in Lincoln County.