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Man Accused Of Sending Three Officers To The Hospital

February 5, 2014, 4:51 PM by Hailey Higgins

Man Accused Of Sending Three Officers To The Hospital
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Three Sioux Falls police officers are recovering from injuries after a kidnapping suspect attacked them.

Rocky Traversie, Junior is in jail, accused of beating his mother and sister with a brick and holding his family hostage.

Traversie is no stranger to police. His 16 page criminal record goes back to 1995 with various offenses including drug charges and many assaults - with four domestic violence assaults in January.

But the 31-year-old's record is about to get longer after what police say he did Wednesday morning.

After news spread that three of their own were hurt, 18 police officers surround this home on North Lewis Avenue.

The call came in at 7:00 a.m., when a teenage boy broke through a window and escaped to a neighbor’s house to ask for help.

Police say Traversie locked five family members inside. The victims include young children.

"He came inside, locked the door and said no one is going to leave the house," Officer Sam Clemens said. "I'm not sure where this came from but he had a brick with him and used this brick and hit his mother and then he also hit his sister with that brick."

Public Information Officer Sam Clemens says Traversie hit his 58-year-old mother in the leg and his 39-year-old sister in the head.

Traversie briefly left the home and returned as police arrived. They tried to arrest him but allegedly Traversie put up a fight.

Three officers were hurt before backup was able to subdue the suspect.

"Police work can be dangerous," Clemens said. "All the officers that are working know that. We are fortunate that we don't have a lot of officers who are injured. There are some that get injured for various reasons in the course of doing their job."

The officers went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Traversie is held on three counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement, five counts of kidnapping and two counts of domestic assault.

He's expected to face those charges in court Thursday.

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