A 53-year-old rural Mountain Home man told Baxter County Circuit Court Judge John Putman that he wanted a signature bond because he needed to get home to his dog, who had only been without him once for 13 hours.
Nykola Kotyk Jr. told the judge he could not afford the $25,000 bond originally set for him nor could he afford the $5,000 bond his court appointed attorney asked for. Instead, Kotyk asked the judge to release him without any bond money being put up, rather just on his signature promising to appear.
Additionally, Kotyk told the judge that none of the allegations against him were true, that he was not intoxicated and that in fact, he was the one who called police on the morning he was arrested.
Kotyk's attorney interrupted him and told Kotyk that Thursday's court appearance for arraignment was not the proper time to discuss the facts of the case. His attorney, Andrew Bailey then asked the court to release Kotyk on his own recognizance, without posting a bond.
Judge Putman declined to do so, left the bond at $25,000 and ordered Kotyk to reappear on Jan. 18.
Baxter County deputies responding to a disturbance call in rural Mountain Home on Friday morning found themselves confronted by Kotyk allegedly wielding a hatchet and claiming his neighbor had implanted a chip and "bugs" into his body.
Kotyk was reportedly screaming and cursing. Deputies were unable to calm Kotyk, who claimed his neighbor had "electrified his house, had a force field around it and had implanted a chip and a bug into his body."
The deputies moved to arrest Kotyk for disorderly conduct. Kotyk reportedly refused to comply with the deputies' orders and approached them in an aggressive manner. He then reportedly moved towards his house.
When he reached the steps, he allegedly picked up a hatchet and began swinging it at deputies who then used a Taser on Kotyk. They were able to gain control of him and place him in handcuffs.
He was taken to the Baxter County jail where he was held in lieu of a $25,000 bond on felony charges of aggravated assault and criminal use of a prohibited weapon. He also was held on misdemeanor charges of of fleeing and disorderly conduct.
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