US woman had more than 3,500 weapons at home

US woman had more than 3,500 weapons at home
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When police in Florida went to arrest a 47-year-old woman for an outstanding warrant, they were horrified by what they saw in her house.

There were more than 3,500 weapons, of all shapes and sizes, in her mobile home.

And arresting Nickole Dykema was not exactly an easy job, even for the hardened cops, the Mail Online reported.

When they arrived at her home on Tuesday night, they found her staring at them through a broken window and cursing while ignoring their requests to go outside.

When one of the officers finally entered her trailer to arrest her, she took a machete and went after him.

Her weapon missed him by inches.

She then hid under the bedroom covers while waving a silver sword.


Local TV station ABC 2 reported that police found hundreds of weapons and fake body parts scattered around the home.

Dykema then armed herself with multiple weapons and kept advancing at police as they tried to get her to drop her weapons.

This lasted for more than five hours. Eventually, one of the officers tasered her.

Photos of the home showed that the rooms were all unlit and contained hundreds of blade weapons along with fake heads, fake severed limbs and fake skeletons, almost all with knives stuck in them.

One room had a picture of a pentagram hanging on the wall with miniature axes sticking out of it and a skeleton dangling in the centre.

A neighbour, Ms Dorothy Clagg, told CBS 10 that she was petrified of Dykema all the time.

She said: "She (Dykema) had a habit of banging on the inside of her house all the time on the walls, and screaming and hollering."

Another neighbour, Ms Paula Deford, claims she caught Dykema on her security camera slashing the screens in her home.

Police wanted to arrest her as her probation for previous arrests meant that she was not allowed to have any weapons.

Dykema was charged with several counts of probation violation, damage to property and assaulting an officer, among other offences.

This article was first published on September 18, 2015.
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