Police: Sioux Falls man was bitten, hit by shovel, threatened with machete

Police say the victim's neighbor wielded a machete and was arrested, but are still working to identify two other suspects.


SIOUX FALLS — One man was arrested and two more are sought after a Sioux Falls man was bitten, hit by a shovel and threatened with a machete during a dispute with a neighbor, police say.

The arrest stems from shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday, March 16, when police were called to the 2000 block of West Orwin Place, near Yankton Trail Park, for a report of an assault.

Police spokesman Sam Clemens said the victim, a 30-year-old Sioux Falls man, was outside his home when a man and a woman unknown to the victim came out of his neighbor’s residence.

Though it’s unclear what exactly led up to the altercation, Clemens said the male suspect bit the victim’s finger and caused “serious damage,” before the female suspect hit the victim with a shovel.

As the man and woman were leaving the area, Clemens said the victim’s neighbor came outside and threatened the victim with a machete and made a comment about getting a gun. No physical contact was made between the victim and the neighbor.


Police were able to locate the neighbor, identified as 51-year-old Luis Carrillo-Diaz. He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a Class 3 felony.

Carrillo-Diaz is set to appear in court on Friday. If convicted, he could be sentenced to serve up to 15 years in prison and pay fines of up to $30,000.

Clemens said police are still working to identify the male and female who left the scene, as the victim believes they are known to Carrillo-Diaz.

The victim sought treatment for his injuries at a Sioux Falls hospital.

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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