Hernando deputies: Brooksville home 'booby-trapped' with 3,714 knives, swords, machetes

The owner is jailed without bail on multiple charges.
Published September 17 2015
Updated September 18 2015

BROOKSVILLE — Blankets "booby-trapped" with pins hung from the ceiling to prick anyone who attempted to take them down.

Knives and pins were laid out on the house floor, and in the yard, to slice an inattentive foot.

Some of the bladed weapons even had sharp points on their handles, ready to cut a careless handler.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office thinks all this had one purpose: to keep people out of 12110 Eldorado Ave.

"In case anybody came in," sheriff's spokeswoman Denise Moloney said, "they would probably get hurt."

The Sheriff's Office said the weapons and "booby-trapped" home belong to Nickcole Ellen Fay Dykema, 47. Deputies and state probation officers arrested her after a five-hour standoff early Wednesday at her home in the High Point retirement community.

When Dykema wouldn't come out of the house, deputies went in after her.

Inside, deputies said they found thousands of knives, swords and machetes hanging from the ceiling, lying on the floor and left on shelves — some even suspended from a ceiling fan. Others were arranged on a tapestry with miniature skeletons and body parts in what looked like an altar. A few pierced scary-looking Halloween masks.

After the standoff with Dykema — during which the Sheriff's Office said she attempted to cut a deputy in the face — she was apprehended using beanbag shotgun rounds and a Taser.

The standoff started at 10 p.m. Tuesday and ended about 3 a.m. Wednesday. After the arrest, sheriff's personnel spent the day loading the bladed weapons into large plastic bins. The agency said some deputies were injured by pins hidden in blankets and the spiked knife handles. They were treated at a medical facility and released.

Deputies said they seized a total of 3,714 bladed weapons.

The Florida Department of Corrections, which sought to arrest Dykema for violation of probation, said it was not aware that she possessed thousands of such weapons. Nor could corrections officials say after the incident why she may have had that many weapons in the first place.

Dykema was arrested on three counts of violation of probation, as well as charges of assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer without violence and criminal mischief. She was still being held Thursday without bail in the Hernando County Detention Center.

Since Dykema is a felon — convicted in 1990 on a charge of aggravated battery — she was not allowed to possess any weapons. Moloney said it will be up to a judge whether Dykema gets her swords and machetes back.

Contact Josh Solomon at (813) 909-4613 or jsolomon@tampabay.com.