Court overturns conviction for man who attacked hunter and claimed he was 'a Sasquatch'

Linus Norgren mug shot courtesy Washington County Sheriff's Office

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Court of Appeals overturned a conviction for attempted murder and three counts of second-degree assault Wednesday for a man who attacked another man while claiming he was a Sasquatch.

Linus Norgren appealed his conviction Wednesday, arguing he did not voluntarily, knowingly and intelligently waive his Miranda rights. He said he was “in the active throes of a psychotic break from reality” at the time he verbally agreed to them.

When Norgren was arrested on October 3, 2013, a deputy read him his Miranda rights and Norgren said he understood his rights. However, after he agreed, Norgren told the deputy that “he was a Sasquatch and he was from a family of Sasquatches,” according to documents explaining the court ruling.

According to the court document, the deputy found Norgren in the woods on October 3, 2013, unconscious and lying naked in the fetal position.

Washington County deputies said Norgren was talking about Sasquatch when he used a rock to attack a hunter that day.

Investigators said Norgren hit the hunter repeatedly in the head with a rock, but the hunter managed to eventually fight off his attacker. He held Norgren at bay with his hunting rifle until deputies arrived.

The hunter suffered broken fingers, a dislocated shoulder and an eye injury, according to his daughter.

Norgren used an apple-sized rock to hit the hunter and also tried to strangle him with a piece of clothing, according to Sgt. Bob Ray with the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

The victim told police that Norgren was making Sasquatch references.

The 58-year-old hunter, Jeff McDonald, managed to call deputies once he had Norgren at bay.

County deputies eventually located McDonald and Norgren.

After Norgren was taken into custody, he was taken to a hospital and interviewed by a Mental Health Response Team. Their report concluded “it was obvious from some topics and statements that [Norgren] was having a break from reality,” the court document says.

Other witnesses testified in the plea hearing said Norgren was seeking help for his mental health at the time of the attack. His family members said he was showing signs of mania before the incident.

Wednesday, the court ruled that due to Norgren’s mental health issues at the time of the incident that he waived his Miranda rights unknowingly and unintelligently. They overturned his conviction.

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