A law enforcement source informed ABC News that federal agents watched Idaho quadruple murder suspect Bryan Kohberger toss rubbish into neighbors’ trash bins in the middle of the night while surveilling him in Pennsylvania in the days leading up to his arrest.
Kohberger, 28, was detained in his native state of Pennsylvania on December 30. Kohberger, a Ph.D. student at Washington State’s school of criminal justice and criminology at the time, was on a winter break visit to his family in Pennsylvania.
The local FBI field office was made aware of Kohberger’s presence in the area on December 22, according to the source. According to the source, FBI agents surveilled his parents’ house in Albrightsville for four days before he was apprehended.
Kohberger, who was later extradited back to Idaho, was charged with first-degree murder and burglary in connection with the deaths of four University of Idaho students.
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Roommates Xana Kernodle, Kaylee Goncalves, and Madison Mogen, as well as Kernodle’s boyfriend Ethan Chapin, were stabbed to death in their house on Nov. 13 between 4 a.m. and 4:25 a.m. Two other housemates made it out alive.
One of the survivors told police that night “she heard who she assumed was Goncalves say something to the effect of ‘there’s someone here,'” according to court records. But it may have been Kernodle on her phone because data revealed she was on TikTok around 4:12 a.m., according to the affidavit.
The roommate stated that “she peered out of her bedroom but saw nothing when she heard the statement about someone being in the home,” according to the records. “When she heard what she assumed was sobbing coming from Kernodle’s chamber, she opened her door a second time.”
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The roommate “then reported she heard a male voice say something to the effect of ‘it’s okay, I’m going to help you,'” according to the records.
According to court filings, the roommate stated she opened her door again when she heard the weeping and observed a guy in black clothing and a mask passing by her in the residence. According to the records, the roommate locked herself in her room after seeing him.
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Kohberger has yet to enter a plea. His next status hearing is scheduled on January 12.
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