UPDATE – Deputies Use Minimal Force to Arrest Dangerous Felon

Update #2

While on scene collecting evidence on 09-16-15, Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Director of Forensic Science Timothy Whitfield, observed various items inside Nickcole Dykema’s residence that were extremely similar to a crime scene he had processed in the past.

On 09-14-1990 (almost 25 years ago to the day), Whitfield was dispatched to process a crime scene where a serious stabbing had occurred. The crime scene was in Highpoint (the same subdivision where Dykema currently resides).

In 1990, a young female was accused of stabbing her step-father, Theodore Dykema. Mr. Dykema was stabbed under the arm and in the abdomen, as he lay asleep.

While processing the crime scene, investigators and forensic technicians located bladed weapons on scene as well as evidence of possible satanic rituals and/or worship.

The suspect in this crime was identified as Nickcole Ellen Fay Dykema W/F DOB/03-09-1968.

After the stabbing, deputies placed Nickcole Dykema under arrest, charging her with Aggravated Battery. At the time of the arrest, deputies seized one hunting knife and one knife described as a “dagger knife.”

Court records indicate that in December of 1990, Dykema was adjudicated guilty, fined $250, and placed on probation for five years for the Aggravated Battery charge. Additionally, Dykema was to receive mental health monitoring, per Parole and Probation.

Court records indicate Dykema completed her probation (in the mid 1990’s) for the Aggravated Battery charge.

Update #1

Forensic Technicians and Detectives worked tirelessly throughout the day 0n 09-16-15 removing bladed weapons from Dykema’s residence. At approximately 6 p.m., they finished removing items and returned to the Sheriff’s Office to secure same. A total of 3,714 bladed weapons were removed from the residence.

While removing items from the residence, several HCSO personnel received minor injuries that required treatment at a medical facility.

It is believed that Dykema “booby trapped” many of the bladed weapons, blankets, floors inside, and even the yard outside the residence, causing injury to our personnel when dismantling and/or removing these items.

The case remains under investigation.

Please note correct spelling on the defendant’s name – Nickcole Ellen Fay Dykema (her first name was spelled incorrectly on the original release).

Original Information

On 09-15-15 at approximately 9:53 p.m., Hernando County deputies responded to 12110 Eldorado Avenue in Brooksville to assist Probation and Parole officers. Probation and Parole officers were on scene at this location to serve multiple felony warrants on the resident, Nickole Dykema.

Upon arrival, Sergeant Chris Calderon observed Dykema looking out of a broken window directly at him. Once Dykema saw Sergeant Calderon, she disappeared back into the residence.

Calderon gave numerous, loud commands for Dykema to come out of the residence immediately. Dykema responded with numerous obscenities and told the law enforcement officers to “leave her property.”

Once other deputies arrived on scene, the decision was made to force entry into the residence. While doing so, the deputies continued to yell, “Sheriff’s Office, Nickole – you need to come out, you have warrants for your arrest.” Dykema refused to exit the residence.

During this time, Dykema utilized a large sword or machete type weapon and attempted to stab Sergeant Calderon, missing his face and head by only inches. These actions by Dykema put a well-founded fear in Sergeant Calderon that he would be killed or seriously injured.

Having limited visibility into the residence, deputies observed a set of feet standing in the corner of the mobile home, possibly hiding under or behind a blanket. Deputies also observed a long, silver, shiny sword waving around behind the blanket. Again, deputies ordered the individual to come out with her hands up. She refused and moved towards the deputies. Sergeant Bill Hillman deployed a bean bag round from a less than lethal shotgun at the female. The round had no effect on the female.
The Crisis Response Team was called to the scene to take over negotiations.

During negotiations with Dykema, she fled into a room in the residence that contained approximately 500 bladed weapons. It should be noted that many rooms in the residence contained at least that many weapons.

Dykema armed herself with an unknown number of bladed weapons and advanced toward the deputies. Again, Dykema was advised to drop the weapons and she refused. Sergeant Ken Lund deployed his less than lethal shotgun at Dykema as she continued to advance, hitting her in the abdomen and thigh. Dykema retreated to another section of the home.

After lengthy negotiations with the Crisis Response Team Dykema failed to comply with deputies’ requests and/or orders and continued to retreat back inside the residence.

Deputies were staged at the front door behind shields as Dykema emerged from behind a hanging blanket, advancing toward deputies. Dykema initially would not show her hands but subsequently did so. Dykema was ordered to turn so deputies could ensure she had no weapons behind her back. She turned as if to retreat back into the residence when Corporal Stephen Miller deployed his agency issued Taser. The Taser had the desired effect, and Dykema fell to the ground. She was quickly taken into custody by deputies on scene.

Neither Dykema nor any deputy was injured.

Dykema was treated on scene by Hernando County Fire/Rescue (Taser probes removed) and then transported to the Hernando County Detention Center by deputies.

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. 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.”

Nickole Ellen Fay Dykema, W/F, DOB/03-09-1968, was charged as follows:

• Probation Violation (warrant)
o No Bond
• Property Damage/Criminal Mischief
o Bond – $500
• Probation Violation (warrant)
o No Bond
• Probation Violation (warrant)
o No Bond
• Resist Officer w/o Violence
• Assault on LEO
o Bond – $11,000.

The case remains under investigation.

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