Moscow murder suspect arrested

Here are a sample of the stories.

The new information is essentially the same in all articles:

A 28-year-old man, Bryan Kohberger, was arrested Friday morning in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains in connection with the murders of four University of Idaho students, law enforcement sources told ABC News.

Sources said that authorities knew who they were looking for and had tracked Kohberger down to Pennsylvania.

A SWAT team entered the location where he was staying in order to take him into custody Friday. Kohberger appeared before a judge Friday morning.

Moscow police officers, members of Idaho State Police, Moscow city leaders and University of Idaho officials will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. local time Friday.

It will be interesting to find out how they came to suspect and track him to Pennsylvania. One of the stories suggest it was the white car:

But the case broke open after law enforcement asked the public for help finding a white sedan seen near the home around the time of the killings. The Moscow Police Department made the request Dec. 7, and by the next day had to direct tips to a special FBI call center because so many were coming in.

I wonder if I was close to the target with my suggestions.

This is also interesting:

A Ph.D. student by the same name is listed in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University, which is a short drive across the state line from the University of Idaho. Messages seeking more information were left for officials at WSU.


9 thoughts on “Moscow murder suspect arrested

  1. Ya! Let’s hope we get the full story, soon. And that what they have is concrete enough for hanging.

  2. Washington State PhD student in criminology? Makes one wonder.
    IIRC there have been similar slasher type murders in the eastern and southeastern Washington area in the past few years.

    • I once knew someone who worked at a big state U. (Not WSU or Idaho) advising (undergraduate) crim. j. majors. She would always say that the line between cops and criminals is often pretty darned thin. So I find that particular tidbit interesting, but not especially surprising or shocking. I kind of wonder now if we have some kind of Raskolnikov on our hands. I’m sure his trial will be interesting, and I hope he gets a fair hearing and an appropriate punishment.

      • I have had multiple cop friends tell me about their mildly criminal “adventures” both before and during their time as police officers. The number and severity of their criminal stories were well beyond the median of my non-cop friends.

        It seems unlikely there is sufficiently dark stuff in the lives of young victims to match Raskolnikov’s victim. Hence, it will be difficult to rationalize the murder as Raskolnikov did.

        It is cases like this that I worry the most that an innocent person will be prosecuted. In a case such as this with a high profile, and requiring weeks to find the suspect, law enforcement will feel pressure to arrest and prosecute someone. I have no reason to believe Idaho law enforcement officers are more susceptible to this than any other. But still, I worry about it some.

        • Yeah it took several weeks. But in te grand scheme of things my perception is that isn’t especially long. Hopefully they used the time to dot all their i’s and cross all their t’s.

          I found the timing and location of the arrest interesting, as well.

          Assuming they nabbed the correct person, there is no way he’s ever getting out of jail. The major question is whether he gets the death penalty.

          Which means (depending on when they got everything lined up etc.), it’s almost as if they let him have one last Christmas with his family, before taking him away.

          I suppose this could also have been a tactic, to try to take in the suspect by surprise at a time and place where he felt relatively comfortable and at ease.

  3. From info released, it appears to be a combination of images from security cameras in several locations that led them to the nearby college, and cell phone records. DNA evidence left at the scene was used to match to a family member once they had a good idea on who the suspect was.

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