Suspect's Hospital Release Raises Serious Questions

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Michael Nordmeyer call:

  • Bellevue Police: (402) 293-3100
  • Sarpy County Crimestoppers: (402) 593-STOP

When Bellevue Police responded to a domestic violence call early Tuesday morning, they found the suspect cutting himself with a chainsaw. Wednesday morning, he had left a hospital, effectively slipping away from police. The case raises serious questions about how and why a potentially dangerous man was allowed back on the streets.

Paramedics took Michael Nordmeyer, 24, to Alegent Creighton University Medical Center Tuesday morning. Workers called police, reporting he had left against medical advice Wednesday.

Police tell WOWT 6 News there was a hold on Nordmeyer's release.

Not only did he face pending charges in Sarpy County, he was also wanted for absconding parole.

Bellevue's Public Information Officer, Investigator Laurie Synowiecki says they want to know why Nordmeyer was able to walk out of the facility.

"Another good question may be how is it that an individual commits acts that are clearly dangerous to themselves and someone else - with a chainsaw - and obvious severe injury - be deemed by a medical professional to no longer be a danger to themselves or others less than 18 hours later?" says Synowiecki.

WOWT posed that question to Alegent Creighton.

A spokesperson declined comment.

Sarpy County has issued a felony warrant for Nordmeyer's arrest. Charges include False Imprisonment, Domestic Assault, and Interfering with a Public Service Officer.

Nordmeyer is a convict, serving time in the state penitentiary twice. Both times were on drug convictions.

When the victim called police Tuesday, she told them Nordmeyer had been "assaulting her throughout the day."

Investigators say that woman survived the beating, but now has to worry about him finding her again.

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