A criminology graduate student has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder. Murder of four University of Idaho students He was found stabbed to death in his bed more than a month ago, police said Friday.
Brian Christopher Coberger, 28, was arrested early Friday morning. pennsylvania State police at their home in Chestnut Hill Township, officials said. Lata County Prosecutor Bill Thompson said investigators believed Coberger broke into a student’s home “with the intent of committing murder.”
he is detained for extradition Idaho, an extradition hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. Thompson said the suspect was charged with four counts of first-degree murder and felony robbery.
According to the probable cause affidavit, the Pennsylvania State Police had assisted the Moscow, Idaho, Idaho State Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation “in criminal and murder investigations.”
The affidavit states, “Brian C. Coberger was taken into custody under a valid arrest warrant for first-degree murder.
of four students – Ethan Chapin, 20, Cary Gonsalves, 21, Xana Carnodor, 20, and Madison Morgen, 21, stabbed to death at off-campus residence To position Near the college sorority and fraternity house. autopsy showed All four were probably asleep when they were attacked. Several had defensive wounds and each had been stabbed multiple times.
The four murders sent shockwaves and sowed distrust. For weeks, residents remained nervous as no suspects were identified. Authorities have not disclosed the discovery of the murder weapon, nor have they offered a possible motive.
Many of the 11,000 University of Idaho students left Moscow shortly after the murders, while others who left for the Thanksgiving holiday chose not to return.
There were reports of locals asking for pepper spray and guns for Christmas gifts, and locksmith vans could be spotted around town. Local businesses reportedly closed early and residents were afraid to walk or be alone.
Moscow, a town of 25,000 near the Washington state border, had been murder-free for seven years before it had one.
Conspiracy theories spread.one college in Idaho Professor sued A TikTok psychic who was self-anointed for alleged defamation for claims made without proof that an academic was responsible for the murder.
Moscow police requested public assistance on December 7 and had to tip within a day to a special FBI call center due to the high number of calls, according to AP.
The case broke down after police asked members of the public for help in locating the location. white sedan The Associated Press reported that he was spotted near a student’s home around the time of the murder.
According to CNNlaw enforcement set their sights on Coberger after tying him to a white Hyundai Elantra.
At a press conference on Friday, Moscow police chief James Fry, who announced the arrests, sometimes choked as he called the victims by their first names and discussed the impact on their families and the close-knit rural community.
Frye said he was still “putting all the pieces together” to identify a motive.
Kohberger is a PhD student in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University. Washington State University is a short drive across the state line from the University of Idaho.
He graduated from Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania with an associate’s degree in psychology in 2018, said university spokesperson Mia Rossi-Marino. DeSales University in Pennsylvania says he will complete his undergraduate degree in 2020 and graduate school in June 2022.
Earlier this year, Koberger posted on Reddit asking former inmates “how their emotions and psychological traits influence their decision-making when committing a crime” and “the stories behind recent crimes.” asked to participate in a research project aimed at understanding the Daily Beast reported.
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