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Tow Truck Driver Threatened with Knife 01.14.21 (NE)


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Man standing in street threatens tow truck driver with large kitchen knife


LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Officers with the Lincoln Police Department arrested a man they say threatened a tow truck driver with a large kitchen knife.

Around 12:49 a.m. on Thursday, officers were dispatched to an area of 11th and G Streets for a report of a weapons violation in progress.

LPD said a tow truck driver reported that he was driving in that area and saw a man, identified as 37-year-old Benjamin Buras standing in the middle of the street.

Officers said when Buras saw the tow truck driver, he sprinted towards him with a large kitchen knife in his hand, screaming.

The tow truck driver told police he feared that he could be injured or killed because Buras pointed the blade of the knife like he was going to stab someone.

Officers said they located Buras near 11th and H Streets, where a large kitchen knife was near him.

LPD said Buras appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.

He was arrested and is facing terroristic threats charges and use of a weapon to commit a felony charges.



Lincoln man accused of running at tow truck driver with kitchen knife.


Police arrested a 37-year-old Lincoln man early Thursday after he allegedly threatened a man with a kitchen knife.

Benjamin Buras


Officer Luke Bonkiewicz said shortly before 1 a.m., a tow truck driver called 911 saying he was driving in the 1100 block of G Street when he saw a man standing in the middle of the street.


He told police when the man saw him in his tow truck, he came running toward him, clutching the knife and screaming incoherently.


Bonkiewicz said officers found Benjamin Buras a block away, a large kitchen knife within feet of him. They arrested him on suspicion of terroristic threats.


Police believe alcohol was a factor.




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