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A morning melee in north central Sioux Falls


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) - Sioux Falls police needed plenty of backup this morning trying to arrest a 31-year-old Sioux Falls man at a home on North Lewis Avenue.

Officer Sam Clemens says Rocky Thomas Traversie is accused of hitting his mom in the knee and his sister in the face with a brick.

Traversie is charged with five counts of kidnapping for locking the door preventing the occupants from leaving prior to the assaults.  There were others in the home besides the mother and sister. When police arrived, Traversie fought with the first three on the scene and managed to injure them.

Clemens says a 17-year-old boy in the house escaped through a window, ran to a neighbor and called police.

Three officers were treated for their injuries.

Traversie is also charged with aggravated assault against law enforcement and domestic aggravated assault.