Weapons assault on Hackberry Boulevard involves children

Thursday, June 3, 2010 | 10:16 a.m. CDT; updated 5:30 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 3, 2010

COLUMBIA — A man is suspected of threatening a group of children with a rifle Wednesday night.

Tyler Nickolas, 27, thought the group of children, aged 11 to 13, were in possession of a stolen bicycle, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

Nickolas approached the children, who were playing outside a residence on Hackberry Boulevard, from a nearby tree-line shortly before 8:30 p.m., the release stated. After threatening them, he returned to the woods. He approached the same group of children a few minutes later holding a scoped rifle, the release stated.

A neighbor approached Nickolas after he threatened the children.

Police found Nickolas shortly after 11:30 p.m. at his residence on Clearview Road.

Nickolas was arrested on suspicion of one count of unlawful use of a weapon and five counts of third-degree assault, the release stated. Nickolas posted a $7,000 bond and was released from the Boone County Jail at about 2 a.m.

No one was injured during the incident.

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