HILLSBORO, Ore. -- A naked man arrested for attacking a hunter south of U.S. Highway 26 near Manning Thursday pleaded not guilty in court Friday morning.
The hunter, 58-year-old Jeff McDonald of Manning, suffered head and shoulder injuries, but managed to hold his attacker at gunpoint until deputies arrived, according to Sgt. Bob Ray of the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
“I was attacked by a naked man, and right now he is laying in the woods near me. He is mostly OK, but I’m holding my deer rifle on him. I’m not going to let him attack me again. I need the police up here now,” McDonald is heard saying in the 911 call.
The alleged attacker, 20-year-old Linus Norgren of Banks, said something about Sasquatch before the attack, Ray said.
Norgren then jumped on McDonald, struck him repeatedly with a rock and tried to strangle him, Ray said. McDonald was in and out of consciousness during the attack, his daughter told KGW.
She said Norgren stopped attacking for a moment and McDonald grabbed his rifle. He held his attacker at gunpoint and called police.
McDonald was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where he was listed in good condition Monday morning.
Norgren was taken to the Washington County Jail after receiving treatment for a broken finger.
Court documents show Norgren admitted he could have killed McDonald. through his defense attorney, Bear Wilner-Nugent, Norgren pleaded not guilty.
"The news sources that I've seen say we have no idea what could have caused this. When I think people using their intelligence and common sense can think this type of thing typically cannot happen in the absence of a mental health crisis," Wilner-Nugent said.
McDonald remains in the hospital and police said he could lose an eye as a result of the attack.