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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Olmsted County Attorney's office has filed felony assault charges against a Rochester man accused of threatening a woman with a knife and a 2 x 4 with a large screw sticking out of it.

The criminal complaint charging 40-year-old Nurdin Atlas Sheikh with two counts of terroristic threats says Rochester police officers were sent to a home in northwest Rochester Thursday afternoon on a report of an assault. Once they arrived, they encountered a woman, who described how she was in the basement of the residence when the man charged at her "swinging a knife and then swinging a 2 x 4 with a nail in it."

Man brandishing knife in a threatening manner.
Kevin Brine

The court document indicates another adult male in the home witnessed the incident. He told police he saw Sheikh swinging a knife and charging toward the victim. The witness also reported seeing Sheikh hold a knife above his shoulders and swing it saying he would kill the victim. The witness stated he then stood in front of the victim to protect her while Sheikh was less than 10 feet away from her.

One of the responding police officers found a 2 x 4 with a large screw in it on the property and also recovered a knife from a garbage can. A search of the residence was then conducted and the criminal complaint says Sheikh was arrested after he was found hiding in a closet.

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