Man accused of sexual assault near NDSU turns himself into police

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The man accused of forcing three women in an apartment near North Dakota State University to take off their clothes at knifepoint on Dec. 20 has turned himself into police.

Fargo police announced on Facebook Sunday that Stanley Joe Busche turned himself in and is being held at the Cass County Jail on charges that include one count of gross sexual imposition, two counts of attempted sexual imposition and one count of terrorizing.

Officials held a news conference Saturday morning asking for the public's help to locate Busche, who was considered a "person of interest" in the case. Officials upgraded that to an arrest warrant Saturday afternoon, according to a post on the department's Facebook page.

Police had interviewed Busche Friday afternoon, but released him Friday night. He went missing after making statements to his family suggesting he may harm himself, according to the Fargo Police Facebook page.

Police believe the knife-wielding suspect entered the Bison Arms apartment on Dec. 20, forced the three women to take off their clothes and sexually assaulted at least one of them. The three women are believed to be international students at NDSU.

Busche has a criminal history. He pleaded guilty to a September 1997 incident in which dozens of bras and underwear was stolen from the Kappa Delta sorority house near NDSU, Forum News reports. He was also charged with felony burglary after breaking into a ground floor apartment in north Fargo, the publication notes.

Since the Dec. 20 incident, interim Fargo Police Chief David Todd has called for the community to offer support to the three victims and for community conversation about personal safety.

Todd wrote on the department's Facebook page that he'll be reaching out to other law enforcement leaders to put together personal safety messages and training to enhance safety in the community.

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