Late-night assault by garden gnome leads to arrest

A garden gnome is seem amid the tulips in a display at the Great Big Home & Garden Expo at the I-X Center in Cleveland on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. The show runs through Sunday. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Police arrested a 19-year-old man after he assaulted a woman in Sioux Falls with a garden gnome Sunday night.

Police were called to the scene shortly before midnight on Sunday and began investigating the scene. The 30-year-old woman and her 11-year-old son were asleep in their apartment when the assault took place.

Police said a man broke into the apartment and then hit the woman with a garden gnome, knocking her out for a short time. When the woman regained consciousness, the man was gone.

While police were investigating the scene, a neighbor informed police that a stranger was sleeping on their couch. After entering the residence police found 19-year-old Ethan Aaron Byrum, who police say knew the assault victim.

Byrum is facing charges of violating a no-contact order, first-degree burglary and aggravated assault. Byrum’s bond has been set at $25,000.

The woman was transported to the hospital for minor injuries, but her son was not harmed during the assault.

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