More than six weeks laterAt an off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho, police have arrested a suspect, Bryan Christopher Kohberger, in connection with the killings.
The 28-year-old was arrested on a warrant for evading justice, Pennsylvania state police said Friday. Police said they are assisting the Moscow Police Department, the Idaho State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the arrest. A law enforcement source told CBS News that Kohberger was arrested at his parents’ home in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania.
Kohberger appeared before a Pennsylvania judge on Friday and was taken without bail to the Monroe County Correctional Facility where he awaits extradition to Idaho, police said.
Kohberger faces four counts of first-degree murder and burglary, Latah County District Attorney Bill Thompson said Friday.
Who is Bryan Kohberger?
Kohberger was born on November 21, 1994. He completed an associate’s degree in psychology from Northampton Community College in 2018 and completed a bachelor’s degree from DeSales University in 2020. He then pursued further postgraduate studies at the university, graduating in 2022, a DeSales representative confirmed. The representative did not say what he studied or studied.
At the time of his arrest, Kohberger was a Ph.D. Criminology student and teaching assistant at Washington State University’s Pullman campus, which is about a 15-minute drive away. Kohberger had just finished his freshman semester at WSU, the school said in a statement.
Moscow Police Chief James Fry confirmed in a Friday afternoon news conference that Kohberger lived in Washington state, and the college said university police assisted Idaho law enforcement officers in executing a search warrant at Kohberger’s home and on-campus office on Friday.
“On behalf of the WSU-Pullman community, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all law enforcement agencies who have worked tirelessly to solve this crime,” said Elizabeth Chilton, WSU-Pullman campus chancellor and WSU Provost. “This horrific act has shaken everyone in the Palouse region.”
Monroe County Correctional Facility
Another graduate student in WSU’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice told the AP that news of Kohberger’s arrest was “pretty out of the ordinary.”
Ben Roberts said he took several classes with Kohberger after the two started the program together in August. Kohberger “was always looking for a way to blend in,” Roberts told the AP.
Roberts said Kohberger would “find the most complicated way to explain something.”
“He had to make sure you knew he knew,” Roberts added.
Where is the investigation?
During Friday’s news conference, officials were cautious about sharing many details of the investigation, including those that led to Kohberger’s arrest. Fry said the information would not be shared to protect the integrity of the investigation and remain consistent with Idaho laws.
The police chief said some of thewere integral to Kohberger’s arrest but declined to say when he became a suspect or what drew their attention to him. Law enforcement sources told CBS News that the forensic analysis allegedly linked Kohberger to the Idaho crime scene.
These sources told CBS News that FBI agents had been monitoring Kohberger in Pennsylvania and tracking his movements in the days leading up to his arrest. Fry said it was “pretty sleepless days” that led to Kohberger’s arrest.
“I have faith in these agencies across the country, I have faith in our officers, I have faith in the FBI, and they’ve done a great job,” Fry said.
Fry said police did not find the murder weapon but did find a Hyundai Elantra. Investigators said a few weeks ago they were looking for the occupant or occupants of a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra that was “in the area” when the students were killed.
More information, including the actual basis for the charges brought, will be revealed when a probable cause affidavit is unsealed, which won’t happen until Kohberger returns to Idaho and a warrant is served there. Kohberger is expected to appear in court in Pennsylvania on Tuesday afternoon.
Fry also declined to say if there was a possible connection between the victims and Kohberger, and shared none.
“These murders have rocked our community and no arrest will ever bring these young students back. However, we believe justice will be found through the criminal process,” Fry said.