LAKE OSWEGO --A white supremacist with a long history of violent crime nationwide was identified Thursday night as the suspect in the murder of a Lake Oswego man.
Erik John Meiser, 37, is wanted for the Monday morning murder of 57-year-old Fritz Hayes. Meiser is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone seeing him should call 911. Do not approach him, police warned.
A warrant issued for his arrest accuses him of aggravated murder, which carries a potential death penalty. The FBI joined in the search Friday.
Clackamas County deputies said another warrant for his arrest in Ogden, Utah has him wanted for aggravated assault and possession of a dangerous weapon. Police said there he slashed a person in the face with a razor.
Meiser is 6 foot 5 and weighs 170 to 190 pounds.
Police released a flier with several mug shots of Meiser, as well as photos of a white supremacist tattoo on his hand. He has a viking tattoo on his left forearm and most of the tattoos, all over his body, depict white supremacy images.
Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said Meiser is an experienced traveler who uses public transportation, and travels on foot. He also has a history of carrying knives, and using them.
His criminal record dates back to 1989 and includes cases in California, Nevada, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
The crimes include assault, domestic assault, assault toward children, violating a restraining order, obscene telephone harassment, burglary, theft, drugs, trespass, racial hate and resisting arrest.
Hayes was murdered with a knife Monday morning after he and his wife returned home from a dog walk. Court documents said they interrupted a burglary by Meiser.
At the press conference, Roberts said his agency has received more than 300 tips from the public, but said more were needed.
Anyone with information was asked to call 503-723-4949 or use the Clackamas County sheriff's office online tip form.
Tips can also be sent via text message. Send a text message to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword CCSO as the first word in the message body.