SOURCE – Believing his roommate just admitted to being a vampire, a 40-year-old Washington State man attacked him with a metal rod, poking him in the upper left side of his chest.

The suspect was charged Monday with third-degree felony assault. Kitsap County deputies were called Sunday at about 7 p.m. after the roommate ran to a neighbor’s house to use the phone. The roommate said the suspect accused him of being a vampire, threatened to kill him and struck him in the chest with the metal rod.

The roommate said he feared for his life because the suspect has severe mental health issues and is much bigger than him. A deputy wrote in court documents that the roommate had “visible swelling” on the upper left side of his chest.

Deputies gave “numerous” orders for the suspect exit the residence, but a team eventually forced their way into the suspect’s room and took him into custody, along with the rod.