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A suspect in last month’s slayings of four University of Idaho students was arrested Friday in Pennsylvania, a law enforcement official confirmed to The Associated Press.
Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, was being held for extradition on first-degree murder charges, according to arrest papers filed by Pennsylvania State Police in Monroe County Courthouse. The arrest warrant was issued by the Moscow, Idaho Police Department and the Latah County Prosecutor’s Office.
A law enforcement official confirmed the arrest to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details of the investigation could not be discussed publicly before 4 p.m. Eastern press conference. The arrest was also reported by ABC and NBC News, citing law enforcement sources.
News of the arrest came hours after Moscow police announced they would hold a press conference Friday afternoon to announce progress in the November 13 stabbing deaths of Ethan Chapin, Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves and Xana. Kernodle.
The disturbing nighttime attack (police said the four were likely asleep when they were stabbed) sent a wave of fear through the city of 26,000 where homicides are rare.
This photo provided by the Monroe County (Pa.) Correctional Center shows Bryan Kohberger. The arrest paperwork said Kohberger, 28, was being held for extradition in a criminal homicide investigation into the murder of four University of Idaho students.
No motive is given for the night attack.
Police and prosecutors had previously indicated they did not know the motive for the brutal attack at the off-campus rental house and released few details about the murder weapon. A small army of federal and state investigators has been helping the case, processing thousands of leads and video.
In particular, investigators have been searching for weeks for a white 2011-2013 Hyundai Elantra.
On Thursday, Moscow Police Chief James Fry released a video statement saying the house was being turned over to a commercial crime scene remediation team to remove biohazards such as blood and forensic chemicals used. by the researchers.
“We’ve gotten a lot more tips here recently and we’re continuing to investigate and follow up on those,” Fry said Thursday. “We want to thank the community for all their help and thank all the people across the country for all the help they’ve given us.
“Police initially said the deaths were an “isolated targeted attack”, without specifying why, and said there was “no imminent threat” to anyone else. Fry later retracted on November 16, saying, “We can’t say there isn’t a threat to the community, and as we’ve said, please stay vigilant, report any suspicious activity, and be aware of your surroundings at all times.”