Idaho murders: What we know about suspect Bryan Christopher Kohberger

More than six weeks after four students were killed at an off-campus house in Moscow, Idaho, police arrested a suspect, Bryan Christopher Kohberger, in connection with the murders.

The 28-year-old man was arrested on a fugitive’s warrant, Pennsylvania State Police said Friday. Police said they were assisting the Moscow Police Department, 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 remanded without bond to the Monroe County Correctional Facility, where he awaits extradition to Idaho, police said.

Kohberger faces four counts of first degree murder and felony burglary, Latah County District Attorney Bill Thompson said at a news conference Friday.

Who is Bryan Kohberger?

Kohberger was born on Nov. 21, 1994. He received a bachelor’s degree from DeSales University in 2020 and then continued his graduate studies at the university, completing them in 2022, a DeSales representative confirmed. The Associated Press reported that he earned an associate degree from Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania in 2018, according to college spokeswoman Mia Rossi-Marino.

At the time of his arrest, Kohberger held a doctorate. a criminology student and teaching assistant at Washington State University’s Pullman campus, which is only about a 15-minute drive from Moscow, Idaho. Moscow Police Department Chief James Fry confirmed in a Friday afternoon news conference that Kohberger lives in Washington state.

Bryan Christophe Kohberger
Bryan Christopher Kohberger was taken into custody in Monroe County, Pennsylvania on December 30, 2022, in connection with the November murders of four University of Idaho students.

Monroe County Correctional Facility

Another graduate student in WSU’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice told the AP that Friday’s news was “pretty out of left field.”

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 fit in,” he 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 said.

Where is the investigation?

At Friday’s press conference, officials were reluctant to share many details of the investigation, including those that led to Kohberger’s arrest. Fry said the information was not being shared to maintain the integrity of the investigation and to remain in compliance with Idaho law.

Fry said some of the 19,000 tips the police received were integral to Kohberger’s arrest, but declined to say when he became a suspect or what brought him to their attention. More information, including the factual basis of the charges that have been filed, will be found when a probable cause affidavit is unsealed, which will not happen until Kohberger returns to Idaho and receives an arrest warrant there. Kohberger is then expected to appear in Pennsylvania court on Tuesday afternoon.

Fry also declined to mention any possible connection between the victims and Kohberger, and did not share a motive for the murders.

“These killings have shaken our community and no amount of arrest will ever bring these young students back. However, we believe justice will be served through the criminal process,” Fry said.

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