Three arrested in separate alleged assaults


BROOKINGS – Two men and one woman were arrested in separate alleged domestic violence incidents over the weekend, according to Brookings Police.

Kyle Miller, 22, of Brookings; Kaylen Bahls, 25, of Brookings, and Bill Quaqua, 34, of Sioux Falls were arrested, Lt. Marci Gebers said.

The first incident was reported at 11:10 p.m. Friday and officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Third Avenue South, she said.

Bahls was arrested on suspicion of simple assault domestic, Gebers said.

“Through the course of the investigation, officers found that there had been a verbal argument between Kaylen and a male party at that residence,” Gebers said.

“Kaylen reportedly threw a coffee pot at that male individual and used her hand to push the male victim by the neck. She was determined to be the predominant aggressor and was placed under arrest for simple assault domestic and transported to the Brookings County Detention Center,” Gebers said.

“Alcohol appears to be a factor in this case,” she added.

The second incident was reported at 8:50 p.m. Saturday and officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Heritage Drive for “a male party who entered a residence and was refusing to leave,” Gebers said.

Quaqua was arrested on suspicion of criminal trespass after notice, simple assault domestic, interference with emergency communication, and possession of a suspended driver’s license, she added. 

“Dispatch received a 911 call, which was disconnected. Dispatch was able to call back and get a hold of a female party who had attempted to call 911 after Bill showed up at her residence and forced his way in,” Gebers said, adding the two knew each other.

“The female told him to leave and he refused to do so. He threatened to physically assault the female party and when she told him she was gonna call 911, he grabbed the phone away from her,” Gebers said.

“After dispatch had called back, then he left the residence. Officers were able to make contact with him and he was placed under arrest for those four charges (and) transported to the Brookings County Detention Center,” Gebers said.

She explained a simple assault charge.

“Part of a simple assault statute includes attempts by physical menace or credible threat to put another in fear of imminent bodily harm,” she said.

“It does appear that alcohol may have been a factor in this case, as well,” Gebers said.

The third incident was reported at 9:28 a.m. Sunday; an officer was called to the 1400 block of Heritage Drive for an altercation, Lt. Marci Gebers said.

Miller was arrested. 

“When officers arrived, they learned that Kyle had attempted to headbutt another individual, then he pushed that individual into a chair and began to punch that individual,” Gebers said.

That individual was evaluated by the Brookings Ambulance but was not transported, she added.

“He was determined to be the pre-dominant aggressor and was placed under arrest for simple assault domestic and transported to the Brookings County Detention Center,” Gebers said.

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