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Murder suspect arrested after brutal Pendleton attacks

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Danny Wu after being taken into custody Wednesday night. // Photo courtesy: East Oregonian Danny Wu after being taken into custody Wednesday night. // Photo courtesy: East Oregonian
Danny Wu after being taken into custody Wednesday night. // Photo courtesy: East Oregonian Danny Wu after being taken into custody Wednesday night. // Photo courtesy: East Oregonian
Danny Wu's latest mug shot at the Umatilla County Jail. Danny Wu's latest mug shot at the Umatilla County Jail.
Karen Lange Karen Lange
A past mugshot of Danny Wu A past mugshot of Danny Wu
PENDLETON, OR (KPTV/AP) -

Pendleton police said officers have captured a suspect in a 2012 woman's slaying and an Aug. 9 attack that critically injured another woman.

Booking information from the Umatilla County Jail showed Danny Wu is being held in jail on charges of murder and attempted murder in connection with the 2012 killing and the Aug. 9 attack on Karen Lange, of Pendleton.

Lange suffered critical injuries in the assault. Police started searching for Lange after she was reported missing because she didn't return from her daily walk along the Umatilla River Parkway.

She was found the next morning, unconscious in a brushy area below the walking path, and transported to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland.

"She had headphones in," said Dan Lange, the victim's husband. "There is no way she could have seen him coming or heard him coming."

Surveillance video showed a man who police identified as Wu just before the attack. In addition, DNA from a pipe used to beat Lange matches DNA found at a murder scene from 2012.

In that case, police said 19-year-old Amy Jane Brandhagen was found stabbed to death in a Pendleton motel. Detectives said Wu, also known as Lukah Pobzeb Chang, matches the description of the killer in that case.

"I mean this is a small community. It's a tight-knit community and when you have something of that nature that occurs that's not normal. We're not used to that, so when that goes unsolved, I think it can be difficult for a community to know that the person responsible could still be out there," said Daniel Primus, Umatilla County district attorney.

In previous run-ins, Wu has given his age as 23 and provided a name police aren't sure is accurate. He was captured Wednesday night in the city convention center after two food service workers recognized him from photos.

"We came back and proceeded through the door and he was sitting there. He then said something like, 'I think it's time to go' or something in that nature. He had a brown paper bag there and grabbed that, stood up and proceeded to walk out the back kitchen," said Danielle Swanson, who saw Wu hanging out in the convention center's kitchen area.  

Swanson said as he walked up the stairs, she ran outside to try and get help. Her co-worker, Sally Dumont quickly called 911.

"Sally and I both made eye contact with him and that's when we looked at each other and we both knew, that was the guy right there," added Swanson.

Police say Wu was hiding above a ceiling and an officer spotted his foot. He was taken into custody after a sheriff's police dog was brought in.

A spokesman at Camp Pendleton in California said a man by the name of Lukah Pobzeb Chang is listed among Marines deserters.

Copyright 2013 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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