Stabbing suspect turns himself in


BROOKINGS – A Brookings man facing a pair of aggravated assault charges stemming from an alleged stabbing in Bushnell on July 9 turned himself in to local authorities on Thursday night, according to a news release from the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office.

James Basham, 44, was booked into the Brookings County Detention Center. After being taken into custody, he immediately posted $10,000 cash bond, according to the release, and was released on bond approximately one hour after being taken into custody.

According to an earlier release from the sheriff’s office, Basham had an altercation with Derk Hartenhoff, 26, of White, on Main Street in Bushnell. During this altercation, it’s alleged that Basham stabbed Hartenhoff in the face and shoulder with a knife, Assistant Sheriff Scott Sebring said in the earlier release. Hartenhoff was taken to the Brookings Hospital by Brookings Ambulance to be treated for his injuries.

After the alleged assault, Basham fled the scene, according to the release, and a nationwide search was undertaken. A warrant was issued for Basham’s arrest on July 9.

An initial court appearance has been set for Aug. 29, according to the Brookings County State's Attorney's Office.

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