Only in Florida: Woman arrested for booby trapping house with 3714 knives

Only in Florida: Woman arrested for booby trapping house with 3714 knives

The mobile home had weapons in the walls and ceilings concealed by blankets to prick a unsuspecting passerby. Knives and pins stuck out of the floors and in the yard to slice an inattentive foot. Machete’s hung from the ceiling fan. Many of the blades even had sharp points on their handles to discourage anyone from moving them.

Florida police have apprehended a woman who had booby trapped her home with over 3700 knives, swords, machetes, and other bladed weapons.

The mobile home had weapons in the walls and ceilings concealed by blankets to prick a unsuspecting passerby. Knives and pins stuck out of the floors and in the yard to slice an inattentive foot. Machete’s hung from the ceiling fan. Many of the blades even had sharp points on their handles to discourage anyone from moving them.

“You name it and it was in there,” said Denise Moloney, the sheriff’s spokeswoman.

The aim was clearly to keep people away from 12110 Eldorado Ave.

“In case anybody came in,” said Moloney, “they would probably get hurt.”

The police believe the woman, 47-year-old Nickcole Ellen Fay Dykema, may be suffering from a mental illness.

After a neighbor reported seeing Dykema slicing a window screen, the police obtained a warrant and moved to apprehend the resident of the High Point retirement community. Dykema resisted arrest.

The police arrived at approximately 10pm Tuesday night but Dykema refused to come out of the house. It was only after a five hour standoff that, at 3am Wednesday morning, they were finally able to take Dykema into custody with the use of beanbag shotgun rounds and a Taser.

Inside, the deputies found weapons lying on the floor, the table, shelves, everywhere. They also found several unnerving altar-esque displays made up of fake skulls and body parts, Halloween masks, and a tapestry of miniature skeletons.

The following day, the sheriff’s office spent hours gathering all of the weapons into large plastic bins. Several personnel were injured by pins and spiked handles.

Dykema was wanted by the Florida Department of Corrections for violation of probation. Having been convicted in 1990 for aggravated battery, Dykema is not allowed to possess any weapons.

Initially, the Department had no idea that she had thousands of knives – they thought it was just one or two. At this time, the Department is not sure why Dykema had such a large stockpile of weapons.

Dykema is being held in police custody at the Hernando County Detention Center for violation of probation, assault of law enforcement officers, resisting arrest, and criminal mischief.

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