Motive for Pendleton attacks remains a mystery

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Associated Press

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 7:28 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 4 at 7:28 AM

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — The police chief in Pendleton says a Marine deserter who pleaded guilty to killing a motel maid and attacking a woman out for a walk has left behind a mystery: Why he did it.

Lukah Chang pleaded guilty in January and has been sentenced to life in prison for the two attacks that unnerved Pendleton.

Chief Stuart Roberts told the East Oregonian (http://bit.ly/1hYD5MP) that Chang gave investigators details such as how he noted that 19-year-old Amyjane Brandhagen opened rooms that she planned to clean, and how he sneaked into one to wait for her.

But, Roberts says, Chang himself may not know why he killed her.

Chang was captured hiding in the local convention center a year later, after he attacked a woman walking on a riverside path.

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Information from: East Oregonian, http://www.eastoregonian.info

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