Sioux Falls man charged in motel stabbing of relative in chest, head

The victim walked into a motel lobby with apparent stab wounds to the head and chest.

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Sioux Falls Police Department car on Phillips Avenue.
Patrick Lalley / Sioux Falls Live

SIOUX FALLS — A Sioux Falls man is facing felony charges after police say he stabbed his relative during an altercation at a motel in the city’s north end.

Tristan Stoneman, 21, of Sioux Falls, was charged Tuesday, Feb. 21, with two counts of felony domestic aggravated assault and two counts of misdemeanor domestic simple assault.

The charges stem from at incident at about 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, when police were called to the 1500 block of West Russell Street after a 30-year-old Sioux Falls man walked into the lobby of a motel with severe wounds to his head and chest.

The victim told police that he had engaged in some type of dispute with Stoneman — a relative of his — which led to Stoneman stabbing the victim at least twice. The victim was taken to a Sioux Falls hospital for treatment of serious, non-life threatening injuries.

Police spokesman Sam Clemens said authorities were able to find Stoneman nearby.


If convicted on all counts, Stoneman could be sentenced to serve as many as 32 years in prison or jail and be ordered to pay fines of up to $64,000.

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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