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Lincoln officer assaulted twice in two hours in separate incidents, 2 arrested
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Lincoln officer assaulted twice in two hours in separate incidents, 2 arrested

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A Lincoln police officer was assaulted twice in two hours in separate incidents Thursday.

The first happened shortly after 8 a.m. in the 2500 block of Ammon Drive. Officer Luke Bonkiewicz said two men in their 60s told police they woke to 30-year-old Jessica Hofmann breaking household objects and ransacking rooms, then she assaulted them.

A 2-year old girl was there at the time.

As police arrested her and took her to a cruiser, Hofmann allegedly kicked one of the officer's legs, then spit in her face, Bonkiewicz said. Then, Hofmann was arrested on suspicion of assault on an officer, in addition to the misdemeanor assaults and child abuse.

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At about 10:15 a.m., police were called about a man walking in traffic near North 48th and Adams streets.

The 24-year-old man had a knife in his hand and demanded that officers shoot him, but they ultimately were able to deescalate the situation. But when officers went to arrest him for refusal to obey commands, he suddenly became combative, kicked the police cruiser and spit in the face of the same officer assaulted two hours earlier, Bonkiewicz said.

He was arrested on suspicion of assault on an officer with bodily fluids, a misdemeanor.

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Public safety reporter

Lori Pilger is a Norfolk native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been a public safety reporter for the Journal Star since 2005.

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