Homeless man faces charges

FAIRMONT – A homeless man faces charges of first-degree burglary, aggravated robbery and second-degree assault after allegedly entering homes in Fairmont on Friday, and attacking one homeowner with a golf club.

According to information from the Fairmont Police Department:

Around 12:30 p.m., police responded to an assault at a residence on East Sixth Street.

When police arrived, they observed the caller had blood on the left side of his head.

The man reported he came home for lunch and was in the kitchen making a sandwich when he heard a noise from the living room.

When the man turned his head to look, he was struck with the golf club. The two men fought over the club and the homeowner was able to get it away from the intruder. The intruder then demanded “booze” and the man gave him a bottle of Mike’s Hard Lemonade and a bottle of whiskey and the intruder left.

Police saw several more Mike’s Hard Lemonade bottles and cigarette butts in the living room, which were taken as evidence.

The man at the residence reported his house had been unlocked.

Around 3:45 p.m., another burglary call was received from North Dewey Street.

Three juvenile girls were at the residence, and one had been home that day sleeping. When the other two girls came home, they smelled cigarette smoke and saw a Mike’s Hard Lemonade sitting on the table. The girls went to a bedroom and saw a man there looking at prescription pill bottles. The girls yelled at him to leave, and he did so.

As police arrived, they saw a man attempting to enter another house nearby, and identified him as Erik Daniel Christianson, 31. Police were aware Christianson was on probation, and he was taken into custody.

Christianson matched the description of the intruder given by the girls and by the man attacked with the golf club.

Christianson told police he was homeless and looking for a warm place to stay. He admitted he had been drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes in the houses.

On Sunday, Christianson admitted hitting the man with the golf club because he wanted to get out of the house. He stated he had not wanted to hurt anyone, but didn’t want to go back to jail.

Christianson faces two first-degree burglary charges; each carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $35,000 fine.

First-degree aggravated robbery carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $35,000 fine.

Second-degree assault carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine.

Christianson also faces misdemeanor counts of theft and trespassing.