Brian Christopher Coburger, a 28-year-old PhD student in criminal justice at Washington State University, has been arrested in connection with the brutal murders of four University of Idaho students. Approximately 2,500 miles away from the crime scene in Idaho, the suspect was arrested in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, which is more than 2,500 miles from the scene.
The arrest was made early in the morning by an FBI SWAT team, who raided a home in a gated community. Coburger reportedly had a blank stare as he was taken into custody and asked if anyone else had been arrested. The white Elantra that police had been searching for was also impounded.
Coburger will remain in custody in Pennsylvania until an extradition hearing next Tuesday. Coburger's research as a criminal justice student included studying criminal minds and reaching out to career criminals in a Reddit post.
He invited them to participate in a research project that sought to understand the psychological traits and emotions that influence committing a crime.
Gruesome Murders Shock Community
This raises the question of whether the gruesome murders may have been part of his research.
The arrest brings some closure to a case that has garnered nationwide attention and criticism of the Moscow police for the slow pace of the investigation and lack of information released to the public. The murders of the four University of Idaho students, Kaylee Gonzalez, Madison Mogan, Ethan Chapin, and Zana Kernodle, sent shockwaves through the community and beyond.
It was seven weeks ago when the bodies of the victims were discovered, stabbed to death in their beds. "Obviously they’re relieved that someone has been arrested," Shanon Gray, an attorney representing Goncalves's father said.
"You guys know about as much as we do right now." The arrest of Coburger has been widely reported by news organizations, who broke into regular programming to announce the development. The Moscow police, who have faced criticism for the pace of the investigation and lack of information released, are now claiming a triumph with the arrest of America's Most Wanted.
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