Threats with knife lead to a string of charges for Kearney man

Scott Finke

KEARNEY — A man is forbidden from having contact with a Kearney couple after allegedly threatening them with a knife early Monday.

Scott R. Finke, 49, of Kearney is charged in Buffalo County District Court with using a deadly weapon to commit a felony, two counts of felony terroristic threats, two counts of felony first-degree false imprisonment, and interfering with a public service company and criminal mischief less than $500, both misdemeanors.

Finke was arrested following an incident Monday in the 4200 block of First Avenue. According to court records, the investigation developed like this:


At 6:01 a.m. Kearney Police Department officers responded to the house for a report of Finke allegedly refusing to let the couple leave by threatening them with the knife.

Finke had allegedly cut the land line phone cord and stabbed a cell phone screen after the couple indicated they were going to call 911. At one point Finke allegedly raised the knife overhead to one of the residents, and threatened to stab officers in the neck if they showed up at the house.

One resident was able to calm Finke and take him to another room of the house, while the second resident called 911.

Finke was arrested without incident, and late this morning was being held at the Buffalo County Jail on a $50,000 bond. If he posts bond, as a condition of his release, Judge Gerry Jorgensen restricted him from having contact with the couple. The Buffalo County Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Finke.

He is scheduled to appear in court later this month. He faces at least one year in jail.

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