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Mitchell woman Tased during an attempted robbery

A 22-year-old Mitchell woman who threatened someone with a large kitchen knife last week faces five felony charges, according to the Mitchell Department of Public Safety.

In a press release issued Tuesday, authorities said Gjoa Yvonne Moen was arrested after a series of threats were made Friday night throughout Mitchell, culminating with a struggle with an employee of a Mitchell business over a large kitchen knife. Moen was Tased by a responding officer and was separated from the alleged victim.

According to law enforcement, Moen entered the business on the 200 block of West Havens Avenue around 11:22 p.m. and threatened an employee behind the front counter with a knife. She was believed to be under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident, and threatened the employee with a knife and said she had a gun.

M&H Gas is located on the 200 block of West Havens Avenue.

The incident on West Havens Avenue was one of at least three on Friday. At 10:50 p.m., authorities received a call about an adult woman who “pulled a knife” and threatened to shoot a female employee at a business on the 500 block of South Sanborn Boulevard. The suspect left before Mitchell officers arrived.

At 11:01 p.m., a call was received from a residence on the 500 block of South Main Street alleging someone threatened the caller with a knife and attempted to take their car keys. The caller said they pushed the suspect out of the residence and shut the door.

Moen was ultimately transported to Avera Queen of Peace with minor injuries prior to her arrest, and the victims did not appear to have received any physical injuries.

Moen faces three counts of aggravated assault, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of attempted first-degree robbery.

Aggravated assault is a Class 3 felony and is punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment and a $30,000 fine for each charge. First-degree burglary and first-degree attempted robbery are Class 2 felonies, each punishable by a maximum sentences of 25 years imprisonment and a $50,000 fine.

The Mitchell Department of Public Safety said several people were in the business on West Havens during the final incident. Those who witnessed the incident but have not been interviewed by Mitchell PD are encouraged to contact the Mitchell Police Division at 605-995-8400.

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