Brooksville woman arrested in home filled with knives

Published September 16 2015
Updated September 17 2015

BROOKSVILLE — What Hernando sheriff's deputies saw when they forced their way into a mobile home Tuesday night was like a scene out of a horror movie: more than 3,500 knives, swords and other bladed weapons dangling from the ceiling and scattered on the floor.

Some hung from the ceiling fan. Others stuck out of Halloween masks. Small axes, along with miniature skeletons and body parts, were pinned to a tapestry — like some sort of altar.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office said it took five hours to arrest the woman living in the home, Nickcole Ellen Fay Dykema. The 47-year-old came close to gravely injuring a deputy with a sword, the agency said, and had to be subdued with beanbag shotgun rounds and a Taser.

"There's obviously something wrong," said sheriff's spokeswoman Denise Moloney. "Nobody has (thousands) of knives."

Deputies went to the mobile home, at 12110 Eldorado Ave., to help parole officers serve an arrest warrant for Dykema around 10 p.m., according to a sheriff's report. Dykema was wanted on three counts of violation of probation.

As deputies approached, one noticed Dykema peering out of a window. But when they knocked on the door, deputies said Dykema wouldn't obey their orders to come out of the house.

Once more deputies arrived, they decided to forcefully enter the home. That's when Dykema attacked one deputy with a "large sword" or "machete"-like weapon, the report said. She missed his head by inches.

Unable to see clearly into the house, deputies fired a beanbag round at Dykema after they saw her feet from underneath a blanket and a "long, silver, shiny sword" waving behind it, the report said. It had no effect on Dykema, and she ran into one of the other rooms that also contained hundreds of knives and swords.

Dykema then approached deputies while armed with an undetermined number of knives, the report said, so they fired more beanbag rounds into her abdomen and thigh. Again, Dykema retreated deeper into the home.

Deputies then tried to negotiate with Dykema. She finally emerged from behind a blanket and approached deputies, who carried shields for protection. They ordered her to turn around and show her hands, but instead, once again, she ran deeper into the home. Then a deputy shocked her with a Taser. The confrontation ended around 3 a.m. Wednesday.

In addition to the probation violations, Dykema also was arrested on charges of assaulting a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest without violence and criminal mischief with property damage. She was taken to the Hernando County jail, where she was held Wednesday without bail.

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