LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. – Residents of Lake Oswego and surrounding communities were on edge as an intruder who killed a man Monday morning was still on the loose Tuesday evening.
Fredrick "Fritz" Wheeler Hayes, Jr. was stabbed at his home on Atwater Road at about 6:30 a.m. He later died. His wife was also home during the attack, but was not injured, according to Sgt. Adam Phillips of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
The suspect was not located. He was described as a white man, thin, about 6 feet tall, with a brown beard, wearing a loose-fitting head wrap. He was also armed with several "edged weapons," detectives said.
Police continued to search the neighborhood and nearby areas Tuesday, but did not find the man. They released a composite sketch of the suspect, along with a flyer describing his clothing and the details of the crime.
Nearby schools were placed in lockdown during the initial search Monday morning, but were expected to resume normal operations Tuesday. Residents in the area were advised to lock their doors and be aware that the search was still active.
Steve Garrow lives nearby and said he had remained vigilant throughout the search.
"I think everybody is being extra cautious, I know last night we were being cautious, and I think other neighbors were," he said. "We even heard of one family that was going to get out" of the neighborhood.
Another neighbor told KGW her daughter heard someone trying to get inside their home nearby just hours before the crime occurred. The sound then stopped, but they fear the murder suspect may have been just outside the door.
Other neighbors said they just can’t believe it happened in their small, tight-knit community.
“It’s terrible,” said neighbor Adi Seggert. “You never think it can happen on a little street.”
“Fritz was a father of three and a great man and I don’t know how this happened in our neighborhood,” neighbor Meghan McNamara added.
In Southwest Portland, two miles from the scene of the attack, Portland police chased down what turned out to be a bogus sighting of the suspect Monday night.
While much of Southwest Portland was on edge, Phillips stressed that this type of stranger-on-stranger crime is extremely rare.
When is person is confronted and attacked by a complete stranger “and the person ends up dead, then it’s a rare occurrence for the Portland area,” he said.
Phillips said Wednesday the agency was following up on more than 100 tips that had come in.
Police are not releasing details of the investigation, but said the suspect was still on the loose Tuesday morning and anyone who sees him should call (503) 723-4949 immediately, or send a tip with the online submission tool.