Jail escapee punched in face, calls police

A Dickinson man wanted by authorities for escaping a South Dakota minimum-security facility nearly two weeks ago was arrested Tuesday morning by Dickinson police after he called them to report he had been punched in the face.

Paul Thomas Steiner, 62, was arrested shortly before 10 a.m. at a residence on the 300 block of East Broadway.

Steiner alleges that Terry Fussell, 51, of Dickinson, punched him while he was staying at Fussell’s home.

Steiner was taken to CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson, where it was determined he had a broken orbital bone. He was arrested on multiple warrants and is being held at the Southwest Multi County Correction Center.

Steiner escaped from the Rapid City Community Work Center on May 20. He had been sentenced in March to five years at the facility after receiving his sixth charge for driving while intoxicated.

An aggravated assault charge for Fussell has been forwarded to the Stark County state’s attorney for consideration, Dickinson Police Capt. David Wilkie said Thursday.

No further information on the case was available.

Author: Dustin Monke

Former newspaper editor. Now I market the best baked goods and donuts in America. But every once in a while, I write a cool story too.

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