Police: Man woken from nap threatens worker with knife outside Broadway bar

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A man pulled a knife and threatened to kill a downtown Nashville employee because he was angry that worker woke him from a nap, an arrest warrant alleges.

Nicholas Newhart, 38, was arrested Wednesday morning and booked into the Metro jail on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

A warrant states an employee of Nashville Downtown Partnership noticed Newhart sleeping in front of Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar on Broadway early that morning. He told police he attempted to wake Newhart to ask him to leave the property.

Nicholas Newhart
Nicholas Newhart (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

The police report alleges Newhart eventually woke up, then pulled out a knife and told the employee he was going to kill him.

As the worker called police, Newhart walked away, according to officers. He was tracked down a short distance away, where police said they found a knife in his pocket.

Newhart remained jailed Thursday morning on a $30,000 bond. His booking photo was not immediately released by Metro jail.

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