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Pendleton Police Arrest Danny Wu After Searching for Weeks

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PENDLETON, Ore. -- Pendleton Police say they have arrested 23-year-old transient, Danny Wu, at the Pendleton Convention Center.

Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts says 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.
In previous run-ins, the young transient 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.

Officers say Wu assaulted 53-year-old resident, Karen Lange earlier this month. Officers also believe Wu also had something to do with the stabbing murder of 19-year-old Amy Jane Brandhagen in August of 2012, but records of Wu's DNA do not exist in the national database.

Police say Wu attacked Lange in the Umatilla River Parkway,  leaving her unconscious with head injuries. She is recovering at a hospital in Portland. 

Officers say surveillance videos caught Wu stalking Lange with what appears to be some kind of weapon behind his back. Detectives say the recovered a section of galvanized pipe, which forensic analysts have confirmed as the assault weapon. 

Oregon State Police forensic personnel no say they've matched the DNA found on that pipe to DNA found at the scene of Brandhagen's murder.

About one year ago, police found the body of 19-year old Amy Jane Brandhagen in a Pendleton motel, where she had worked for one week as a housekeeper. Officers say Branhagen had been stabbed multiple times in the chest.

Police say since Wu began living as a transient in the Pendleton area around the time of Brandhagen's death, officers have had contact with him 27 times. Police say most of his crimes were criminal trespassing, illegal lodging, outstanding bench warrants and other violations of City Ordinance.