Charges were filed Wednesday, Sept. 19 against a 43-year-old Poulsbo man that allegedly stemmed from a drug-fueled encounter with law enforcement in July as well as an alleged burglary in September.
According to charging documents, a deputy with the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from a Poulsbo woman who said she awoke to find a man in her home, crouching beside her bed, touching her right leg. The woman said she screamed and reached for her phone to call 911 as the individual left the room, but not before she was able to snap a photo of the man, documents say.
Deputies then took a short walk to a nearby residence of an individual another deputy believed might have been responsible for the break-in. At the residence, deputies made contact with Erik Nordlie who was wearing clothes that matched those worn by the individual photographed by the victim, according to court documents. Deputies also reportedly found cigarettes that matched those found at the scene and items that had been taken from the victim’s house.
A separate charge, also filed on Wednesday, from July 5 claims that Nordlie assaulted a law enforcement officer after deputies responded to a call from Nordlie’s mother stating that “he had likely ingested drugs and seemed to be hallucinating” and that he “believed he was invisible and that he was God.”
After making contact with Nordlie, responding deputies found that he was mostly speaking “unintelligibly about being God and a variety of other topics,” documents say. Soon thereafter, Nordlie allegedly became agitated and said to a deputy, “I like that gun, I wonder if I could take it,” before taking a swing at him. Deputies were reportedly able to restrain the man shortly thereafter.
Nordlie is charged with one count of assault in the third degree and one count of residential burglary.