Police enter house of horror, at least 500 weapons found in each room of FL woman’s home

Courtesy: WFLA/ Hernando County Sheriff’s Office

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (WFLA) — Deputies in Florida came across a scene out of a horror movie when responding to the home of Nickole Dykema with warrants out for her arrest.

Inside, they found at least 500 blade weapons in each room.

Deputies, along with probation and parole officers, went to arrest Dykema, 47, just before 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

Courtesy: WFLA/ Hernando County Sheriff's Office
Courtesy: WFLA/ Hernando County Sheriff’s Office

When they arrived at her mobile home, they saw her looking at them out of a broken window. She was given multiple commands to come outside.

Dykema allegedly responded with obscenities and told the officers to “leave her property.”

After she refused to exit, officers forced entry into her home, where Dykema utilized a large machete-type weapon and attempted to stab an officer, missing his head by inches.

Dykema disappeared to a corner of the mobile home, hiding under a blanket. Deputies say she had a long, shiny sword waving around behind the blanket.

A Crisis Response Team was called in, and during negotiations with Dykema, she reportedly fled into another room that contained approximately 500 bladed weapons.

Deputies say that many rooms in her home contained at least that many weapons.

According to the sheriff’s office, Dykema armed herself with a number of bladed weapons and advanced toward the deputies a number of times.

Police say she refused to drop the weapons, and after failed attempts to use a less-than-lethal shotgun, deputies deployed a Taser to get her into custody. Neither Dykema nor any deputy was injured.

Courtesy: WFLA/ Hernando County Sheriff's Office
Courtesy: WFLA/ Hernando County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Al Nienhuis said, “This person was obviously dangerous to the community. It amazes me that these deputies were able to take her into custody without anyone being injured. It shows the level of their restraint and professionalism under very difficult and dangerous conditions.”

He continued, “Had something gone wrong, it would be easy for critics to accuse them of moving too quickly or too slowly. I appreciate their willingness to deal with these very volatile situations. I know the public appreciates them as well.”

She’s been charged with several counts of probation violation, property damage/criminal mischief, resist officer without violence and assault on an officer. She’s being held without bond.

The case remains under investigation.

Her previous arrests include resisting officer without violence, carrying concealed weapon and providing false name to law enforcement.

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