PENDLETON - A man sought in the vicious attack of one woman and the stabbing murder of another was captured Wednesday evening while trying to hide in the Pendleton Convention Center.
Lukah Pobzeb Chang, 23, was spotted by food service workers about 6 p.m. who recognized him from photos in news stories, said Chief Stuart Roberts.
Roberts said Thursday morning that Chang was a Marine deserter from Morganton, N.C. He left the Marine base in Camp Pendleton, Calif., by Greyhound last year and ran out of money in Pendleton, Ore.
He had served four years in the Marine Corps. None of his service was overseas, the chief said.
He previously had gone by the alias Danny Wu. Police had been having difficulty identifying him.
Officers from the city, Umatilla county sheriff's office and the Oregon State Police responded quickly to reports of his sighting, Roberts said.
Police secured the building and heard sounds suggesting Chang was on the second of three stories, Roberts said. Without the resources to stop all escape routes, a decision was made to get all civilians out of the building and call out additional officers.
Police armed with assault rifles captured him after about 8 p.m. after a leg was seen dangling from a ceiling. Officers and a K9 dog swarmed to the spot and found Chang hiding by some duct work.
He was taken into custody without incident, the chief said. Police determined he had been hiding in the building for a week.
Chang had been sought by police as a person of interest in the August 2012 stabbing death of 19-year-old Amy Jane Brandhagen.
He also was wanted for the assault last week of 53-year-old Karen Lange. She was taken to Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland in critical condition and Wednesday was upgraded to serious condition.
Her husband, Dan Lange, told KGW News on Wednesday night that he was relieved by the news of Chang's arrest.
To capture the fellow that did this is just a great relief, not only for myself and my family but for the community of Pendleton, Lange said. What a great way to end the day.
After his capture, Chang was accused of murder for the Brandhagen death and attempted murder in the Lange case.