REPORTED: Man threatened at knife point over bike

Lincoln police were called to a Casey's General Store after an eyewitness reported a disturbance.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A man with a large knife attempted to steal a bike at a Casey’s General Store, 1001 S 13th St.

Lincoln police responded to the area Tuesday around 12:30 p.m. after a bystander reported the incident. Once on scene officers observed several people involved in an altercation. Upon seeing police, two men fled the area on foot.

One of those men was seen carrying a large knife while running away. He was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit.

The other male was seen carrying a large sharpened stick while running away. Despite clear orders to stop and drop the weapon, the man continued to flee. Later, officers located him hiding behind an air conditioning unit, still holding the stick and frantically trying to empty his pockets. He continued to disregard police orders to show his hands and drop the weapon. However, he temporarily came out from where he was hiding and began to physically resist the officer, making it evident he was not going to jail willing.

During the struggle, the officer deployed a taser and was able to take the man into custody. On his person, officers located a digital scale with a white residue that pre-tested positive for methamphetamine and 2.5g of marijuana. In the area he was emptying his pockets, officers also located two glass pipers, 2.4g of marijuana, paraphernalia with white residue, numerous baggies, and a black realistic-looking airsoft pistol.

The man was transported by Lincoln Fire and Rescue to a local hospital, as it is protocol for any taser deployment. Once he was medically cleared, he was transported to jail.

He was later identified as 28-year-old Justin Thomas and arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Resist Arrest, Obstruct a Police Officer, and Possession of Marijuana.

The other male involved, a 24-year-old, was complaint with police once contacted. Following witness interviews, Lincoln police learned that the two men had been arguing and each pulled out a weapon. Neither party was threatened nor did they wish to press charges against the other for the original altercation.

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