Lake Oswego murder suspect has lengthy, violent criminal history

Lake Oswego murder suspect has lengthy, violent criminal history

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Police released the name of a man they suspect stabbed to death a 57-year-old man at his home near Lake Oswego earlier this week.

Police say over 300 tips from the public helped them to name 37-year-old Erik John Meiser as the man they believe murdered Fredrick “Fritz” Hayes early Monday morning.

On Friday, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said a warrant for aggravated murder in Oregon  had been issued for Meiser. 

The FBI also confirmed they are assisting in the search for Meiser.

"The public got us going on the direction that we did with the tips they gave us, combined with solid police work and the cooperation of other law enforcement agencies to get where we are today to identify Mr. Meiser as the suspect," said Clackamas County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Adam Phillips.

The sheriff's office described Meiser as 6 feet 5 inches tall, weighs between 170 and 190 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes. He also has the words “Neo Nazi” tattooed on his left knuckles.

He has the word "Hate" tattooed on his right calf and a skull and Viking on his left arm. They said the also tattoos are mostly white supremacist images.

They said he was last seen with a scraggly beard.

According to the Sheriff Craig Roberts, Meiser has an extensive criminal history dating back to 1989 and should be considered armed and dangerous.

He's been arrested in nine states for crimes including assault, drug and property crimes, hate crimes and resisting arrest, Roberts said, adding that Meiser has spent a lot of time in prison and correctional facilities.

Deputies said if anyone spots Meiser, they should not approach him and call 911 immediately.

They said he has traveled extensively in the Western United States and is known to carry knives that he uses as weapons. He also uses public transportation and travels by foot extensively.

The sheriff’s office said anyone with tips about the case can call the tip line at (503) 723-4949.

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

Detectives said they don’t believe Hayes knew the suspect.

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

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

Three schools were put into lockdown mode near the home on Atwater Road, which is just outside the Lake Oswego city limits. The home is near Lake Oswego Country Club.

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