Idaho student murders: Suspect Bryan Kohberger arrested on first degree murder warrant



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A suspect was arrested Friday in Pennsylvania on an active arrest warrant for first-degree murder in connection with the murder of four University of Idaho students last month, according to documents and sources.

According to the criminal complaint, the person arrested is 28-year-old Bryan Christopher Kohberger. He was detained in Monroe County on Friday, according to the document.

Authorities focused on Kohberger after tracking down the owner of a white Hyundai Elantra seen in the area where the killings took place, according to two law enforcement sources briefed on the investigation. According to sources, Kohberger’s DNA was also matched to genetic material found in the home off campus where the students were stabbed to death.

Authorities learned that the suspect had left the area and went to Pennsylvania.

According to sources, an FBI surveillance team from the Philadelphia field office has been tracking him for four days at the site where he was arrested.

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While he was being watched, investigators from the Moscow Police Department, the Idaho State Police homicide squad, and the FBI worked with prosecutors to develop enough probable reasons to obtain a search warrant. After an arrest warrant was issued, the Pennsylvania State Police and FBI made the arrest.

More details are expected to be revealed when the Moscow Police Department holds a press conference scheduled for 1:00 PM (4:00 PM ET).

Records show Kohberger appeared in court in Pennsylvania on Friday morning and has a hearing on his extradition on January 3.

According to a now-deprecated college alumni directory, Kohberger is a graduate student in Washington State University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. A student at the school told CNN that Kohberger is a graduate student studying criminal justice.

A CNN team in Pullman, just 11 kilometers from Moscow, spotted law enforcement activity in an apartment complex where graduate students live.

Officials at Washington State University did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.

In a post removed from Reddit after Kohberger’s arrest was made public, a student researcher associated with a DeSales University study named Bryan Kohberger asked to participate in a research project “to understand how emotions and psychological traits affect decision making when committing a crime.”

“This work specifically seeks to understand the story behind your most recent criminal offense by highlighting your thoughts and feelings throughout your experience,” the post said.

One of the principal researchers of this study, a professor at DeSales University in Pennsylvania, declined to comment on the matter.

Kohberger graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2020 and completed his master’s at DeSales in June 2022, according to the statement on the school’s website.

A spokesperson for the Pennsylvania school said the suspect also graduated from Northampton Community College in 2018 with an associate’s degree in arts and psychology.

The November 13 murders riveted the country and shocked the small university town of Moscow, which was committed for the first time in seven years. The case sparked fear and anxiety in the community and student body, and questions increased about the pace of the police investigation.

The arrest comes a day after police announced they had received nearly 20,000 reports through more than 9,025 emails, 4,575 phone calls and 6,050 digital media submissions while conducting more than 300 interviews.

Red evidence signs and yellow police tape wrapped around the front door.

Murdered students – Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; Authorities said Kernodle’s 20-year-old boyfriend, Ethan Chapin, was probably asleep when he was stabbed multiple times in the early morning hours. A coroner said some of the victims had defensive wounds.

Police said they were looking for Elantra, who is believed to be near the house, in the early hours of 13 November.

Authorities said on Thursday that the house where the killings occurred will be cleaned up but will remain an active crime scene under police control.

Moscow police said they were working with a property management services company to eliminate “potential biohazards and other harmful substances used to gather evidence”. The house will be transferred to the property management company.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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