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Red Scaffold Man Charged with Assault

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Red Scaffold, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault by Strangulation and Suffocation, and Assault Resulting in Substantial Bodily Injury to an Intimate Partner.

Tyrell Chasing Hawk, age 31, was indicted on August 16, 2017. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on August 25, 2017, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and up to $200 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on May 9, 2017, Chasing Hawk unlawfully assaulted his intimate partner by strangling and suffocating her, or attempting to do so, with the said injury resulting in substantial bodily injury to the victim.

The charges are merely accusations and Chasing Hawk is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Miller is prosecuting the case.

Chasing Hawk was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

Updated August 31, 2017

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime