Man entered Christmas gathering, tried to throw person off third-story balcony, police say

Police say the man was not invited into the apartment, and instead followed a victim inside and tried to throw him over the balcony.


SIOUX FALLS — A Sioux Falls man spent Christmas night in jail after police say he entered an apartment without invitation and attempted to throw a victim off of a third-story balcony.

Brian Turkey, 40, of Sioux Falls, was arrested Sunday, Dec. 25, on charges of aggravated assault and burglary, Sioux Falls Police spokesman Sam Clemens said during Tuesday’s regular crime briefing.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. Sunday, a group arrived at a building in the 900 block of North Main Avenue in downtown Sioux Falls and were asked by Turkey for a ride. Clemens said after the group politely declined, Turkey began yelling.

As the group entered an apartment, Clemens said Turkey began yelling at others in the area. When the original group intervened in the disruption, a victim ran into an apartment and Turkey followed.

“There were quite a few people inside there, they all thought that it seemed like [Turkey] was trying to throw the victim off the balcony,” Clemens said. “This was a third-floor balcony, so quite a few feet up in the air.”


Clemens said that other individuals within the apartment were able to separate Turkey and the victim, which prompted Turkey to exit the apartment. He was found in the area by police and arrested on charges of aggravated assault and burglary. No injuries were reported to any party.

Though charges from the Christmas arrest have not been entered into the state’s Unified Judicial System as of Tuesday morning, Turkey has multiple active cases across South Dakota dating back to 2005, including charges of driving under the influence, vehicular battery, hit and run involving a death or injury, grand theft, aggravated eluding and more.

A court date for his most recent arrest has not yet been scheduled.

A South Dakota native, Hunter joined Forum Communications Company as a reporter for the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic in June 2021 and now works as a digital reporter for Forum News Service, focusing on local news in Sioux Falls. He also writes regional news spanning across the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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