Man In Custody For Dousing Wife, Homemade Explosive Device Found In Home


A Sioux Falls man is behind bars, accused of dousing his wife with gasoline and trying to light her on fire.

Capt. Loren McManus said police were called to a house in the 5800 block of West Missouri Street at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday for a reported assault. Officers were allowed in the home by a juvenile boy and screaming was heard coming from inside.

Police tackled 45-year-old Pai Yang as he tried to break into a bedroom. McManus said Yang had doused his wife with gasoline before she and three children locked themselves into the bedroom. Yang was reportedly holding a propane torch and a detonator for a homemade explosive device. 

McManus described the device found elsewhere in the home as “a container of gasoline that looked like it had wires running to it.” Police believe that someone inside the home called 911 and do not have information about Yang’s motivation.

Yang is charged with assault, second-degree kidnapping, three counts of false imprisonment, three counts of cruelty to a minor, and placement of an explosive device as to endanger life or safety.

No one was hurt in the incident. The bomb squad was called to the home to investigate the explosive device.

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