Idaho murders: Who is suspect Bryan Christopher Kohberger? Man arrested in Pennsylvania's Poconos Mountains

Idaho murders: Who is suspect Bryan Christopher Kohberger? Man arrested in Pennsylvania’s Poconos Mountains

CHESTNUTHILL TWP., Penn. — More than a month after the stabbing deaths of four University of Idaho students rocked the small town of Moscow, Idaho, authorities announced a suspect in the grisly murders had been arrested.

Bryan Kohberger

Monroe County Correctional Facility

Bryan Christopher Kohberger, 28, was arrested Friday morning in the Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains region, law enforcement sources said.

Sources say that authorities knew who they were looking for and had tracked Kohberger to Chestnuthill Township, Penn. A SWAT team entered the location Kohberger was staying in and took him into custody, sources say.

Online records show that Kohberger’s family lives in Albrightsville, Penn., in Monroe County.

RELATED: A timeline of the killings of 4 University of Idaho students

He was taken into custody “based upon an active arrest warrant for murder in the first degree” issued by the Moscow, Idaho police department and the Latah County Prosecutor’s Office, according to a criminal complaint.

Kohberger received his bachelor’s degree in 2020 from DeSales University near Allentown, Pennsylvania and completed his graduate studies in June 2022. The university is located about 40 miles south of where he was arrested.

Several months ago, a user on Reddit identifying themselves as Bryan Kohberger and a criminology student at DeSales University posted multiple times recruiting “research participants” for a university study.

In the posts, which were made starting in May 2022, the user asked for information to help a “research project that seeks to understand how emotions and psychological traits influence decision-making when committing a crime.”

The posts linked to a survey that asked detailed questions about committing crimes. A source tells ABC News that law enforcement is aware of the Reddit posts.

“As a Catholic, Salesian community, we are devastated by this senseless tragedy,” the university said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families during this difficult time.”

Kohberger appeared before a judge in Pennsylvania earlier Friday, where the judge ordered Kohberger’s extradition to Idaho where he will face criminal charges.

The family of Kaylee Goncalves, one of the four victims, told ABC News they don’t know the suspect but are looking into him. The family says they are “happy, relieved, and thankful.”

ABC News, the Associated Press and the CNN Wire contributed to this report



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