Report: Female food service worker attacked at South Dakota Penitentiary

January 2, 2024

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.–An inmate at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls assaulted a food service worker on Sunday morning.

According to multiple sources, the inmate attacked an Aramark female employee in the meat cooler in the kitchen of the Jameson Annex at 8:00 a.m.

A responding correctional officer, who had been diverted due to a shift change, found the inmate on top of the employee, putting her in a chokehold. The correctional officer pulled the inmate off of the employee.

The employee was taken by ambulance from the Penitentiary to a local hospital at 8:45 a.m.

The Department of Corrections confirmed this is an ongoing investigation.

The DCI has been requested to assist in the investigation, according to Tony Mangan with the South Dakota Attorney General’s office.