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Sioux Falls man charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault for beating, dragging girlfriend

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SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — A 19-year-old Sioux Falls man is accused of kidnapping and assaulting his 17-year-old girlfriend.

The incident occurred early Wednesday morning. Authorities say David Randle Jr. hit his girlfriend several times, dragged her about a block and attempted to strangle her. Randle allegedly dragged the victim further to Covell Lake, but she escaped when he attempted to push her in.

The girl's mother called police at 1:30 a.m.

Randle is charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault, both felonies.

Police say the woman suffered bruising and cuts, but refused medical attention when an ambulance arrived on the scene.

Court documents do not list an attorney for Randle.

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