On Thursday, January 9, 2020, at approx. 11:25 p.m. The Mitchell Department of Public Safety Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a woman who requested an ambulance for a 58-year-old man who had been assaulted at a residence located on the 200 block of W. 11th Avenue in Mitchell.
Officers arrived at the residence a short time later, and found an unconscious 58-year-old male with several injuries, on the ground in the front yard of the residence. 26-year-old Mitchell resident, Alexander Jacob Bearrobe-Hofwolt ran from an Officer who responded to the scene. At approx. 1:43 a.m., a Police Officer found Bearrobe-Hofwolt in a parking lot located on the 500 block of S. Sanborn Blvd. in Mitchell. Bearrobe-Hofwolt was arrested at that time.
The 58-year-old man involved in this incident, sustained serious injuries consisting of several apparent facial fractures and other injuries, after allegedly being struck several times in the face by Bearrobe-Hofwolt. The man was treated at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital and was later transported by air ambulance to a Sioux Falls Hospital for further treatment. It appears that his condition is stable at this point.
As a result of this investigation, Bearrobe-Hofwolt was arrested for one count of Aggravated Assault and one count of Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer. Bearrobe-Hofwolt and the 58-year-old man knew each other and apparently had an argument prior to this incident.
This is an ongoing investigation. If you have information regarding this incident, contact the Mitchell Police Division at ph. 605 995-8400 or Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers at ph. 605 996-1700.
Aggravated Assault is a Class 3 Felony, punishable by 15 years imprisonment in the state penitentiary and/or a fine of $30,000. Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer is a Class 1 Misdemeanor punishable by one year imprisonment in a county jail and/or a $2,000 fine. Other charges as a result of this incident are possible.