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'Dangerous' suspect in LO murder arrested outside Corvallis motel

by: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Erik John MeiserThe 37-year-old suspect in the Sept. 17 stabbing death of a Lake Oswego man was arrested Saturday afternoon outside a Corvallis motel.

Clackamas County sheriff’s detectives and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested 37-year-old Erik John Meiser about 2 p.m. in front of the Super 8 Motel on Second Street in Corvallis.

Meiser was taken into custody at gunpoint. He was scheduled to be booked into the Clackamas County Jail later Saturday.

Meiser is the primary suspect in the attack of 57-year-old Fredrick “Fritz” Hayes, who was stabbed to death at about 6:30 a.m. as he returned from a morning walk with his dogs.

Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said last week that a warrant has been issued for Erik John Meiser, who has a criminal history dating to 1989.

"We consider him extremely dangerous," Roberts said.

Hayes was stabbed to death by an intruder in his house on Atwater Road at about 6:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, as he returned from walking his two beagles. His wife, 56-year-old Margaret “Maggie” Hayes, who was also home at the time, was not injured.

The crime still appears to be a rare example of stranger-on-stranger violence.

Authorities considered Meiser an "interstate traveler" who uses public transportation of various types, including traveling by foot. He is also believed to possess weapons. The sheriff’s office warned TriMet drivers and operators to be on the lookout for Meiser.

"Not only does he carry knives, he's known to use them as weapons as well," Phillips said.

Phillips declined to release more details about the incidents leading up to Hayes' killing and said investigators are still trying to figure out what brought Meiser to Lake Oswego.

Pamplin Media Group reporter Kevin L. Harden contributed to this news story.