Neighbors on edge as police search for Lake O murder suspect

Neighbors on edge as police search for Lake O murder suspect

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. – Detectives continue to comb a neighborhood near Lake Oswego in search of a murder suspect who’s accused of stabbing a man to death at his home early Monday morning.

Neighbors said officers, some in unmarked cars, drove by their homes every 10 to 15 minutes Tuesday.

Detectives said they’re continuing to follow up on leads. They do not believe the victim, 57-year-old Fredrick "Fritz" Hayes, knew the suspect.

Some neighbors believe the suspect may have been familiar with the neighborhood before the deadly attack.

“He had to have been around because that couple goes on a walk every morning,” said neighbor Tyler Dean. “He must have known they were going to be out at that specific time. He came in while they were gone. So he’d been around and known.”

“It makes no sense. There’s no sense to anything,” said neighbor Nancy Jones-Garrow. “They were quiet and everyone loved them.”

Jones-Garrow said she didn’t sleep much last night and her daughter didn’t stay at home because she was afraid.

Another neighbor told KATU News she heard someone try to get into her home, rattling a locked door knob a few houses away.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.

Witnesses said Hayes was walking his dog with his wife at around 6:30 a.m. when the suspect stabbed Hayes outside their home.

The suspect (pictured in the artist's sketch on the right) ran away after the attack and Hayes' wife called 9-1-1.

Police made reverse-9-1-1 calls to about 4,000 homes with a description and warning about the suspect.

The suspect is described as a 6-foot tall white male with a brown beard, slender build, wearing a "headwrap" and light clothing. The suspect also was described as having several "edge weapons."

If you have tips that can help investigators, call the sheriff's office tip line at (503) 723-4949.