Update: Police want to question transient in Pendleton assault

August 11, 2013 

— Pendleton police want to question a 23-year-old man about an assault over the weekend that left a woman with a serious head injury.

Surveillance footage and witnesses place the man -- who is a transient and goes by the name Danny Wu -- near where Karen Lange was assaulted, Chief Stuart A. Roberts said.

“We can’t declare him a suspect yet,” Roberts said. “We are as close as you can get to identifying him as a suspect without making that declaration.”

Lange, 53, of Pendleton, went walking Friday around 6 p.m. along the river parkway, Roberts said. She was reported missing more than five hours later when she didn’t return home.

Police found Lange Saturday at 6:50 a.m. behind a baseball field near the river levee, Roberts said. She had a head wound, which police believe was caused when she was hit with a blunt object.

“We don’t know the extent of her injuries,” Roberts said. “She has a significant head injury that caused her to lose a lot of blood.”

Lange was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton and then flown to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. She is currently in critical condition.

There were no signs Lange was sexually assaulted and police are investigating if anything was taken from her during the assault, Roberts said.

Police have had 27 contacts with Wu in the last year, Roberts said. The contacts have been for minor offenses.

Roberts called the number of contacts police have had with Wu “pretty low” considering he is a transient.

“Typically we have a lot more contacts with that population,” he said. “It could indicate that (Wu) has somewhere else to go.”

Wu is described as being 5-foot-7 and weighing 180 pounds. He has a tattoo on his left forearm that says Semper Fi.

He was last seen wearing a dark shirt and khaki shorts.

Anyone with information on Wu’s whereabouts should contact the Pendleton Police Department at 541-276-4411 or the Umatilla Dispatch Center at 541-966-3651.

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