LPD officer assaulted near Lincoln Airport

Tomis Bedford
Tomis Bedford(Lincoln Police Department)
Published: Sep. 26, 2020 at 11:20 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - The Lincoln Police Department is sharing more details about incidents that led up to an officer being assaulted near Lincoln Airport over the weekend.

Tomis Bedford, 45, is facing two counts of robbery, felony domestic assault because of a prior conviction, assault on a police officer, and felony resisting arrest because of a prior conviction.

Leading up to this weekend’s arrest, on September 4th just after 10 p.m., police were dispatched to a home on Morrill Avenue, in between N 63rd and N 64th Streets in Northeast Lincoln, for a follow-up with a 72-year-old man who told officer he’d been robbed by an acquaintance, identified as Bedford, the day before.

LPD said the man told officers Bedford arrived at his home and they hung out for awhile but Bedford then hit him once in the face where he fell on the ground unconscious.

Officers said a 49-year-old woman was also at the home during that same time and was punched a number of times by Bedford. LPD said when both victims came-to, they found that they were missing a 14-inch Bowie knife valued at $100 and the home had been rummaged through.

Days later on September 10th around 1 p.m., officers were dispatched to a home on D Street for a report of domestic assault. LPD said a woman told responding officers she had made plans with Bedford, her ex-boyfriend, to come and collect his belongings.

LPD said the woman reported that Bedford became upset and hit her in the face. Officers said she was able to run away from the home to call police but Bedford was gone when officers arrived.

Then on September 25th, around 4 a.m., officers were called back to that woman’s home. LPD said Bedford went into her home uninvited through an unlocked door.

The woman told responding officers Bedford was upset and argued with her and when a friend came into the home, Bedford confronted him. LPD said the woman was able to run away and call police.

LPD said Bedford hit the man several times in the head and took money from the man’s pocket before running away and officers arriving on scene.

This weekend, on Saturday just before 1 a.m., officers spotted Bedford in the parking lot of Americas Best Value Inn motel on NW 12th Street.

According to police, the officer was aware Bedford was wanted for robbery and assault on the previous cases. When the officer approached Bedford, he told him he was under arrest.

LPD said the officer tried putting handcuffs on him, however, there was a struggle. According to officers, Bedford resisted the officer pulling his arms away and struggling to avoid arrest.

LPD said Bedford picked the officer up and threw him head first into a curb. The officer experienced extreme pain and almost lost consciousness, according to LPD, and then Bedford ran away.

The officer was able to get up and chase Bedford, eventually catching up and arrest him. LPD said witnesses in the area reported seeing the assault and feared the officer was going to be seriously injured.

Officers said the injured officer reported feeling sick and almost losing consciousness several times. He was treated at a local area hospital and found to have a closed head injury which is being monitored.

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