Two men arrested in alleged break-in, assault

BROOKINGS – Two Brookings men were arrested after they allegedly broke into a residence and assaulted a person inside, according to Brookings Police.

Suspects Andrew Nieman, 34, and Robert Converse, 42, both of Brookings, are facing charges, Lt. Marci Gebers said.

The reporting party called 911 about 9:23 p.m. Tuesday, saying “that somebody was trying to break into his bedroom” in the 1400 block of Sixth Street, Gebers said.

“(Nieman and Converse) had been trying to get into the victim’s room. Andrew ended up making forced entry, causing damage to the door and the door frame,” Gebers said.

“While the victim was on the phone with 911 dispatch, Andrew took the victim’s phone and broke it and pushed him against the wall and then he fled from the residence,” Gebers said.

“Officers arrived within minutes,” she said. 

They spoke with Converse; the victim, and a female who were still present at the residence, she said.

“After officers spoke with the individuals, they went outside, and during that time frame, Robert pushed open the victim’s door and shoved him. So, the victim alerted officers to that offense then and Robert was arrested for simple assault domestic,” Gebers said.

Nieman was arrested on suspicion of simple assault, two counts of intentional damage to property, $400 or less, and interference with emergency communication, she added.

“All of these individuals were known to each other, and alcohol was a factor,” Gebers said.

“There was no note of injuries to our victims,” she added.