Suspect in Idaho quadruple slayings arrested in Pennsylvania, will face extradition and murder charges

A suspect in the grisly Nov. 13 slaying of four University of Idaho students was finally arrested on Friday and will soon face charges for the gruesome murders, the Conservative Brief reported.

Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, was taken into custody in Pennsylvania but will be extradited to Idaho to face justice for his alleged crimes.

He was a graduate student at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, which is located not too far from the campus of the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.

Suspect in custody awaiting extradition

According to local ABC affiliate WPVI, Kohberger had been identified as a suspect in the Idaho slayings by way of DNA as well as his vehicle, a white Hyundai Elantra, that had been of interest to investigators in Idaho and had been tracked to Kohberger’s parents’ home Chestnuthill Township, Pennsylvania.

Per local authorities, the FBI had been monitoring Kohberger for several days before a special joint SWAT team of state troopers and federal agents was assembled and sent on a raid around 2 am Friday to take him into custody.

He was taken before a local judge later that day for a hearing in which he was ordered to be extradited to Idaho to face criminal charges for the murders that will remain sealed to the public until he arrives in the state and can be served an arrest warrant in person.

At that time, he will be formally charged with four counts of first-degree murder as well as felony burglary, according to Idaho’s Latah County prosecutor Bill Thompson.

Car spotted near crime scene led to identification of suspect

Fox News reported that Kohberger was a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in criminal justice at Washington State University in Pullman, which is only about a 15-minute drive from the off-campus rental home in Idaho where three of the four slain students lived with two other roommates who were unharmed on the night of the brutal murders in November.

The four victims — Ethan Chapin, 20, Xana Kernodle, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21 — were all believed to have been asleep when they were repeatedly stabbed to death with a large knife, though some displayed defensive wounds that suggest they woke up while being attacked, around 3-4 am on Nov. 13.

Investigators had taken interest in a white Hyundai Elantra that had been spotted near the scene of the crime around the time of the murders, and that vehicle was ultimately linked to Kohberger and tracked back to his parents’ home in Pennsylvania.

Still trying to determine motive and connection to victims

WPVI reported that investigators are still “putting all the pieces together” to both determine a motive for the murders as well as to discover how Kohberger was connected to his victims.

The family of one of the victims, Goncalves, told ABC News that they have become aware of some connections but are not yet ready to speak publicly about them. They did say, however, that they were “happy, relieved, and thankful” that an arrest had finally been made in relation to their daughter’s untimely death.

It remains unclear at this point when, exactly, Kohberger will actually be transported to Idaho to face justice, but that will likely occur soon and it is a safe bet that local and state authorities will be ready and waiting to receive him and begin the process of holding him accountable for his alleged crimes.

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