Idaho College Murders Suspect Bryan Kohberger, 28, Arrested in Pennsylvania: Court Documents


Court documents obtained by Inside Edition Digital show that Bryan Kohberger is awaiting extradition and has been denied bail at this time.

A 28-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murders of the four University of Idaho students found slain last month, a law enforcement source tells Inside Edition Digital. 

A law enforcement source confirmed to Inside Edition Digital that 28-year-old Bryan Kohberger was arrested Friday in connection with the murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin. That source spoke on the condition of anonymity because they could not openly discuss details of the investigation ahead of the official announcement expected later Friday. 

NBC News first reported that a suspect in the case had been arrested on Friday morning in Monroe County, Pennsylvania.

Court documents obtained by Inside Edition Digital show that Kohberger is awaiting extradition and has been denied bail at this time.

Inside Edition Digital also obtained the criminal complaint filed in court on Friday by Pennsylvania State Trooper Justin Leri.

"On Thursday, December 30, 2022, Pennsylvania State Police, were assisting the Moscow Police Department, Idaho State Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations with a criminal homicide investigation," read the complaint. "On the same day, Bryan C. Kohberger was taken into custody in Chestnuthill Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania, based upon an active arrest warrant for murder in the first degree, issue through the Moscow Police Department and Lattah County Prosecutor's Office."

The much anticipated press conference on Friday afternoon provided little in the way of new information on account of an Idaho state statute which requires that criminal complaints remain sealed until a defendant has returned to the state.

Moscow Police Chief James Fry did encourage any individuals with information on Kohberger to contact authorities while confirming that authorities did have a Hyundai Elentra in their possession. They would not say if that car, which police had said was central to the investigation, belonged to Kohberger. 

When asked if members of the community should still be concerned about the possibility of any other suspects, Chief Fry said: "We have an individual who committed these horrible crimes."

He later added: "I do believe our community is safe but we do need to be vigilant"

Kohberger could be back in Idaho is early as next week if he agrees to waive extradition after his hearing in Pennsylvania on Tuesday at 3:30 PM. Should Kohberger try to fight extradition that process could take days if not weeks.

There will be no news until the about any possible motive in the case or Kohberger's relationship with the victims.

Chief Fry also said that the long-planned cleaning of the house where the victims resided had to be halted on Friday due to a court request.

Lawyers for two of the victims' families told Inside Edition Digital that they were informed overnight that Kohberger had been arrested, but did not receive any additional information at that time. They declined to speak further until they had more information about the arrest.

The family of Goncalves did release a brief statement, saying: "“We’re relieved. This is what we wanted. We wanted him caught and now we want justice."

Kohberger had just received his master’s degree in criminology earlier this year from DeSales University in Pennsylvania. Kohberger also received his bachelor's degree from that same college.

A spokesperson for DeSales confirmed that Kohberger attended the school, while also commenting on his arrest.

“On Friday, December 30, DeSales University learned of the arrest of Bryan Kohberger in connection with the murder of four University of Idaho students. Kohberger received a bachelor’s degree in 2020 and completed his graduate studies in June 2022,” read the statement provided to Inside Editon Digital by a college spokesperson. “As a Catholic, Salesian community, we are devastated by this senseless tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families during this difficult time.”

On Friday, Chief Fry confirmed that Kohberger attends Washington State University (WSU) where he is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. WSU and the University of Idaho are located 6.7 miles apart, which is about a nine-minute drive. Inside Edition Digital has reached out to WSU for comment.

Goncalves, Mogen, Kernodle and Chapin were found dead in the young women's home just off the University of Idaho campus on Nov. 13. The Moscow Police say they were stabbed to death with a fixed-blade knife. A weapon has not been recovered. The search for the individual or individuals responsible for their deaths garnered the attention of the nation almost immediately.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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