Aberdeen man facing rape, assault allegations in Brookings


BROOKINGS — An Aberdeen man is in jail in Brookings following allegations of assault and rape on Dec. 1 at a Brookings residence.

Jacob David Baltzell, who was 21 at the time of his arrest and is now 22, is facing aggravated domestic assault and second-degree rape charges, according to information in a probable cause statement from the Brookings County State Attorney’s Office. The incident occurred in the 1000 block of Seventh Street.

Per information from the Brookings Police Department, a preliminary investigation indicated an aggravated assault and sexual assault occurred between Baltzell and a 32-year-old woman, and that they knew each other.

Multiple witnesses corroborated the victim’s account of the assault, according to the probable cause statement.

If anyone has more information about this incident or any similar incident, they can report it to Brookings Crimestoppers via phone at 605-692-7867 or on the internet at Brookingscrimestoppers.com, BPD Lt. Joe Fishbaugher wrote in the release.

Baltzell was in the Brookings County Detention Center as of Friday afternoon.