The Sioux Falls man who police say doused a woman in gasoline and threatened to start her on fire last night and blow up his house, is being held in the Minnehaha County Jail on half million dollars cash only bond.
45-year-old Pai Yang is facing a long list of felonies tonight. They include kidnapping, aggravated assault and possession of an explosive device with the intent to do harm.
Police say domestic violence calls are some of the most dangerous to respond to and this one was certainly no exception.
Pai Yang walked to court today knowing he could spend the rest of his life in prison.
Police say yesterday afternoon around 2:30, Yang doused his wife in gasoline at their home on West Missouri Avenue.
“Initially the call came in that there was a possible assault going on,” Loren McManus said.
When police arrived the woman was hiding with the couple’s three children in a bedroom. That’s when officers quickly tackled Yang, who was trying to break down the door.
“Through the investigation, we determined he had doused his wife in gasoline and was trying to light her on fire,” McManus said.
That’s not all. Police say Yang also had some sort of electronic detonator in his hand which they believe could have been used to ignite a homemade explosive device they found elsewhere in the house.
“There was the potential that if he was holding what would be the detonator switch, a mere push of the thumb would have been catastrophic,” McManus said.
The incident remains under investigation. At this time police aren’t sure of a motive, but neighbors who didn’t want to go on camera, told us police have been to the Yang home before.