WORTHINGTON — A brother and sister from Sandstone will appear in Nobles County District Court next week on charges that Rashel Baragar, 33, helped her brother, Brian Baragar, 30, escape the custody of Nobles County Sheriff's Office deputies.
Following Brian's initial arrest, it was reported that he had harmed himself in the jail and was taken June 19 to Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After a successful surgery, Baragar then told officers that he had hurt himself again, requiring an additional procedure.
Prior to the second surgery, corrections officers guarding Baragar were notified by the sheriff that Baragar had been granted a medical furlough — meaning he could receive the needed medical treatment and then immediately report back to jail — so the officers returned to Nobles County Jail.
Two days later, on June 21, Baragar was apprehended during a traffic stop in Worthington. Although the Worthington Police Department officer recognized him, Baragar allegedly gave a false name and produced a hospital bracelet bearing that name. Rashel Baragar was driving the vehicle and reportedly told police she had picked up her brother from a friend's house, then said Brian had been walking on the shoulder of the road when she found him.
A search of the vehicle revealed pipes, scales, baggies and other drug paraphernalia. Some of the equipment tested positive for methamphetamine; THC wax, 3.78 grams of marijuana and an Oxycodone prescription pill bottle were also discovered. Brian allegedly told police the drugs and paraphernalia were his.
Rashel Baragar reportedly told the WPD she had last used meth "a couple of days ago" but was exhibiting signs of being under the influence of narcotics. She produced a case from her bra that contained 1.31 grams of meth and on the way to Nobles County Jail told police she had used "something black," a drug she had never tried before.
Brian explained to police how he had escaped. After the corrections officers departed, he said he also left Sanford hospital — without getting the needed surgery — and checked himself into an Avera medical center under the false name, in order to obtain the medical bracelet he had furnished in the traffic stop. He then left the Avera facility with his sister, against medical advice. Following his arrest, Brian was taken to Sanford Worthington Medical Center for further treatment.
Brian was charged with escape from custody, a felony carrying a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. He also faces gross misdemeanor charges of fifth-degree drug possession and giving a false name to a peace officer, and a petty misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Rashel was charged with the following offenses: felony fifth-degree drug possession, felony harboring/concealing an offender, DWI, driving after license revocation, misdemeanor drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. The felony drug charge is the most serious, carrying a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
The Baragars are to appear in court Thursday on these charges.