Three arrested after Salem beating
SALEM—Three people were arrested in McCook County last week for allegedly tasing, beating and robbing a man.
At about 10:20 p.m. on Feb. 13, deputies from the McCook County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the westbound rest area on Interstate 90 in Salem. According to court documents, when they arrived there, they found the 29-year-old alleged victim and a witness.
The victim reportedly said he had been in a vehicle with two men and one woman and that the woman had begun tasing him in the arm when they arrived at the rest stop.
He said that at that point, they dragged him out of the car and began hitting him with fists and a baseball bat, then one of them pulled out a gun. He reportedly grabbed the gun, causing it to go off, though no one was hit.
The deputies were unable to find any casings associated with a gun having been used.
Mitchell police later found a vehicle matching alleged victim's description. Paul Selzler Jr., 29, of Yankton, 29-year-old Brionna Eckman, of Pierre, and 50-year-old John Peterson, of Mitchell, were reportedly found inside.
All three people in the car were charged with first-degree robbery, a Class 2 felony, because they allegedly took the man's keys and phone from him using force, and with a misdemeanor charge of interference with emergency communications. Eckman and Peterson were charged with aggravated assault causing bodily injury with a dangerous weapon, and Selzler was charged with aggravated assault causing bodily injury with indifference to human life.
If convicted on all counts, each of the three people arrested could be incarcerated for up to 31 years and ordered to pay up to $82,000 in fines.