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Suspect in Lake Oswego murder arrested

Erik John Meiser, accused of murdering a Lake Oswego resident on Monday, has been arrested.

Meiser, 37, was arrested in Corvallis shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office detectives.Erik Meiser

He’s suspected in the murder of Frederick “Fritz” Hayes, 57.

Hayes, a retired high-tech engineer, died from stab wounds he suffered during an encounter with an intruder in his home on Atwater Road. He had just returned from walking his two beagles at about 6:30 a.m. Monday when the crime occurred. His wife, Margaret “Maggie” Hayes, who was also home at the time, was not injured in the attack.

Meiser was taken into custody at gunpoint without incident in front of the Super 8 Motel at 407 Second St. in Corvallis, the sheriff’s office reported.

He was named as the murder suspect during a late-night press conference Thursday. Authorities said then that Meiser has a criminal history spread across states and dating to 1989.

"Not only does he carry knives, he's known to use them as weapons as well," Sgt. Adam Phillips said. He said Meiser was known for using public transportation of various types and traveling by foot. He also has tattoos featuring white supremacist imagery.

Bob McMillen, who worked with Hayes at All Tech 1 in Tigard, released a statement in response to news about Meiser’s capture:

“We are so grateful to all the law enforcement officers and staff in capturing Meiser,” he wrote. “We are also grateful to all the people who called in tips and were so vigilant to get this man off our streets. We can now breathe a tentative sigh of relief as we plan to attend the memorial for Fritz, and to celebrate his life and contributions to those lucky enough to have known him.”

A memorial service is planned for Hayes on Sunday.

Past coverage of this case can be found here:

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