Assault and Homemade Explosive Device

On Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 2:38 p.m., officers responded to the 5800 block of West Missouri Street for a report of an assault in progress. When officers arrived, a juvenile male let the officers in the home where they heard screaming and yelling coming from inside. The officers found a man trying to force his way into one of the bedrooms while holding a propane torch in one hand and an unknown object in the other. Officers tackled and secured the man, later identified as 45-year-old Pai Yang of Sioux Falls.

Investigation at the scene showed that Yang had assaulted an adult female in the residence and doused her in gasoline. Yang was attempting to enter the bedroom where the female and three young juveniles were hiding and set her on fire. The unknown object in Yang’s hand turned out to be an electrical detonator attached to a container of gasoline. The Bomb Squad responded and rendered the device safe.

Yang was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault, 2nd Degree Kidnapping, three counts of False Imprisonment, three counts of Cruelty to a Minor, and Placement of Explosive or Device as to Endanger Human Life or Safety.