Hatchet wielding man tased, taken into custody

A rural Mountain Home man, 53-year-old Nykola Kotyk, Jr., has been arrested following an incident Friday morning in which he began swinging a hatchet at deputies.

Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says officers responded to a disturbance call on County Road 420 shortly after 7:30. Upon arrival at the residence, deputies made contact with Kotyk in the front yard. He was reportedly screaming and cursing loudly. He refused to calm down to allow deputies to speak with him. Kotyk alleged his neighbor had “electrified his house, had a force field around it, and had implanted a chip and bugs into his body.”

Deputies attempted to arrest Kotyk for disorderly conduct. He refused to comply with orders of the deputies and initially approached them in an aggressive manner. He then turned away from them and moved toward the door of his house to get away. When he reached the steps, Kotyk reached down and picked up an object initially thought to be a hammer, later found to be a hatchet. He began swinging the hatchet at deputies. Deputies used a Taser device to stop Kotyk. He was then taken into custody and transported to the Baxter County Detention Center.

Kotyk is being held on felony charges of aggravated assault and criminal use of a prohibited weapon, along with misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, fleeing and disorderly conduct.

His bond was set at $20,000, and he is set to appear in Baxter County Circuit Court in January.

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