Escaped prisoner captured in South Dakota

Tyson Wessels

YANKTON, South Dakota — An inmate who escaped police custody in Turner County, South Dakota, and has ties to the Adrian/Ellsworth area was apprehended Friday night in Yankton.

The Sioux Falls Area Fugitive Task Force apprehended Tyson Shawn Wessels at around 6:30 p.m. Friday. Wessels was wanted out of Lincoln County for aggravated assault on law enforcement (class 2 felony), kidnapping (class C felony), two counts of escape from custody (class 4 felony), grand theft (class 4 felony), grand theft (class 5 felony) and two counts of simple assault on law enforcement (class 6 felony). He also had warrants out of Yankton County, South Dakota for contempt of court and out of Clay County, South Dakota for first-degree reckless burning and accessory to a felony.

Wessels was being held in the Yankton County Jail.

The Sioux Falls Area Fugitive Task Force consists of U.S. Marshals, Lincoln County deputies and Minnehaha County deputies. The task force was assisted by the Yankton Police Department and SWAT team, Yankton County Sheriff, South Dakota DCI and the South Dakota Highway Patrol and SWAT team.

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