Florida authorities say they have found and removed more than 3,500 “bladed instruments” from a woman’s home who reportedly tried to stab a sheriff’s deputy.
Nickole Dykema, 47, of Brooksville, Florida, would not leave her home when Hernando County sheriff’s deputies arrived on Tuesday commanding her to come out several times, the sheriff’s office said in a statement, according to PEOPLE. The deputies were assisting parole and probation officers at the home to serve Dykema multiple felony warrants.
The deputies were forced to go into her home and she tried to stab a sergeant with a machete or large sword through the front door, according to CBS News. “Dykema utilized a large sword or machete type weapon and attempted to stab [Sergeant Chris Calderon], missing his face and head by only inches,” according to the statement. “These actions by Dykema put a well-founded fear in Sergeant Calderon that he would be killed or seriously injured,” the statement read, PEOPLE reports.
Deputies used a bean bag gun to take her into custody. However, police said she armed herself and approached the authorities. She refused to let go of her weapons and police used a Taser to fire at her again. Police said she was not injured during the arrest.
In her mobile home, authorities discovered thousands of knives, swords and bladed instruments that were hanging from the ceiling, poking out of Halloween masks and scattered on the floor. There was also some sort of shrine with fake body parts from dolls, according to CBS affiliate WTSP. Many of the bladed weapons were “booby trapped” and caused minor injuries to those who removed them.
Her neighbors were spooked over the incident. “How did she get all of those knives,” neighbor Fuzz Spisok said. Spisok added that everyone in the neighborhood “was scared of that woman.” Another neighbor, Dorothy Clagg, agreed. “I was just petrified all the time,” Clagg said.
Dykema had been on probation for a shoplifting incident at a dollar store in December. She was allegedly stealing chef knives with a dagger on her waist and a sword in her pants, the station reports.
She has been charged with property damage/criminal mischief, probation violation, assault on an officer and resisting an officer without violence. She is currently being held without bail, Washington Post reports. Authorities are still investigating the case.