Man accused of threatening woman with hatchet in rural Lancaster County

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A man landed in jail on Tuesday after authorities say he threatened someone with a hatchet for the second time this year.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in Sprague at 5:15 p.m.

Deputies said Nicholas Yager, 42, yelled at the woman who lived there and threatened to kill her with a hatchet.

The woman locked herself in the bathroom and called for help, authorities said.

They arrested Nicholas Yager, 42, without incident and recovered a hatchet with a 3½-inch blade, the sheriff’s office said.

He was lodged in the Lancaster County Jail on suspicion of terroristic threats, use of a weapon to commit a felony and misdemeanor domestic assault.

Yager has had an eventful year, according to court records.

He was also arrested on suspicion of terroristic threats in June.

Court documents allege that when Yager was fired from a tattoo parlor, he threw a “fist full” of used needles at his boss’ face.

He also threatened him with a hatchet, according to the documents.

Yager’s trial in that case is set for February.

He is also accused of shoplifting from a Git N Split convenience store in October.

That’s only a misdemeanor, but because he didn’t appear in court, a warrant was issued for his arrest, just eight days before he was taken into custody on the latest charges.

As of Wednesday night, Yager is still in jail.

In total, Yager has four open criminal cases in Nebraska. And the case from Tuesday’s incident has not yet been filed, according to court records.

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