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Sioux Falls Man Attacked With Pipe

A man who was walking in the Pettigrew Heights area of central Sioux Falls Wednesday night has told police he was struck with a pipe by a man he didn’t know.

Officer Sam Clemens says the 56-year-old man told police he was headed to a friend’s house in the 400 block of South Summit Avenue around 8:30pm when he passed a man and a woman who were outside a house in that area.

Clemens says the trouble began when the man started talking at him, and when the victim ignored him, the man reached behind him, pulled out what’s believed to have been a metal pipe, and hit the victim on the head.

The man’s female companion then grabbed the pipe and the assailant punched the victim in the face before the two walked away.

Clemens says a person who lives at that address drove up and then followed the two to the 700 block of South Summit Avenue.

He says Joseph Martin Serna, 42, was arrested on an aggravated assault charge.

Clemens says the victim’s injuries were not serious, and he says both victim and suspect had been drinking.

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