A man has been charged with assault after attacking his roommate — who he said he believed was a vampire — with a metal rod, the Kitsap Sun reported.
The 40-year-old man was arrested Sunday in Kitsap Country, Wash., after police received a call from his roommate, who had run to a neighbor's house to call for help.
Officers reportedly found the roommate, who had "visible swelling" on his chest, and then tried to convince the alleged attacker to exit his apartment. The man refused numerous announcements from outside his home, so police forced their way in and arrested him.
Following his arrest, the man told police he had confronted his roommate about being a "vampire." According to the suspect's brother, the roommate jokingly said, "Is that what the kids are calling me these days?”
The brother said the attacker didn't take the statement as a joke though, and he began threatening his roommate.
"I'm going to kill you, vampire!" the suspect said, according to police documents.
Police said the man then threatened to stab his roommate with a wooden stake, eventually attacking him with a metal rod.
"He then took the metal rod and poked (the roommate) with it in the chest," a deputy wrote.
The victim told police he feared for his life, as his roommate is mentally ill and significantly larger than him.
Authorities said the suspect was charged Monday with third-degree assault, which is a felony.