Neighbors React to Murder Suspect's Arrest
Resident who live at Ridgeway Avenue said the neighborhood is filled with kids on a daily basis. But by knocking on doors, it's safe to say things have now changed somewhat.
"We heard a large, a loud knocking sound and so we were like, 'what's going on?" So we got up and I happened to get up first and I looked out and just as they were saying 'this is the police, we're coming in' and broke open the door and stormed into the place and had their guns ready and flashlights. So they looked pretty tense, so it looked like it was a pretty serious situation," said Kristin Smart.
Kristin Smart lives directly across the street from Nickens and says the search for him, in connection with the body found in a Columbia ditch, was rather surprising since, like Ridgeway Avenue, Nickens didn't appear strange in any way.
"There's a lot of really friendly people in this neighborhood and he wasn't particularly outgoing, I would say, but nothing particularly unusual," Smart added.
So just who is Nickens?
KOMU did a search on Missouri's Case.net website and found that Nickens is far from the quiet guy neighbors like Kristen Smart thought. Online records show Third Degree Assault, theft, and burglary records, dating back to as early as 1993 showing that Nickens has a criminal history. But neighbors, especially the kids, can sum up their feelings in one word, "scared."
Nickens is in the Boone County Jail on a $750,000 bond. He's facing a charge of second degree murder. Nickens is innocent of this charge unless proven guilty in court. And in the meantime, Nickens' house will remain vacant.