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Authorities Used 'Force,' Breaking Out Windows And Doors, While Arresting Idaho Murder Suspect Bryan Kohberger
Law enforcement authorities chose to force their way into the home of Bryan Kohberger's parents in the early morning hours Friday after determining it "would be the safest for everybody" to enter under the cover of darkness.
Law enforcement officials broke through windows and doors, using “force” in the early morning hours Friday to arrest the man suspected of killing four Idaho college students.
Pennsylvania State Police Maj. Christopher Paris provided new details Tuesday into the arrest of 28-year-old Bryan Kohberger, who was taken into custody Friday at his parents’ home in Chestnutville, Pennsylvania after a nearly seven-week investigation into the brutal murders.
According to Paris, “force was used” to gain access to the home early Friday morning after authorities secured three search warrants and a fugitive from justice warrant for the 28-year-old, NBC affiliate KLEW reports.
“There were multiple windows that were broken, I believe, to gain access, as well as multiple doors,” Paris said during a Tuesday press conference, according to Fox News.
Kohberger’s parents, who publicly voiced support for their son following his arrest, were also home at the time.
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Paris said law enforcement authorities, which included about 50 “technical assets” on-hand at the scene, began to prepare to serve the warrants Thursday evening but didn’t enter the home until the early morning hours on Friday.
"We wanted to go in at a time when we thought it would be the safest for everybody: safest for everybody else in the house, safest for Mr. Kohberger and safest for our people," Paris said, according to Big Country News.
Two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation told CNN that an FBI surveillance team had tracked Kohberger, who had gone home to Pennsylvania for the holidays, for four days before his arrest as authorities worked to secure the warrants.
The 28-year-old is accused of breaking into a Moscow, Idaho rental home on Nov. 13 and killing four of the occupants inside. Moscow Police believe Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Ethan Chapin, 20; and Xana Kernodle, 20, were stabbed to death as they slept inside the off-campus residence. Authorities said some of the victims suffered defensive wounds.
Two other women, who lived on the ground floor of the residence, were not targeted in the attack and survived.
Police have not released a motive in the attack or provided details about how they linked Kohberger to the crime, but law enforcement sources told CNN that his DNA was matched to evidence found at the crime scene. Kohberger was also allegedly linked to a white Hyundai Elantra seen near the scene of the crime around the time of the murders. Moscow Police Chief James Fry recently confirmed an Elantra was recovered in Pennsylvania.
Moscow Police said the probable cause affidavit in the case will remain sealed until the extradition process to Idaho is complete and Kohberger can be formally served with arrest warrants for four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary.
Kohberger agreed to be extradited back to Idaho on Tuesday after appearing in a Monroe County courtroom.
Michael Mancuso, Monroe County’s first assistant district attorney, said Tuesday he believed Kohberger had not fought the extradition because he was hoping to see what was inside of the probable cause affidavit.
“I definitely believe that one of the main reasons the defendant chose to waive extradition and hurry his return back to Idaho was the need to know what was in those documents,” Mancuso said at a news conference, according to CNN.
At the time of the killings, Kohberger had been serving as a teaching assistant and Ph.D. student within the criminal justice program at Washington State University.
He lived in an off-campus apartment in Pullman, Washington, which is about 10 miles from the murder scene, radio station KXLY reports.
Also on Tuesday, Latah County Magistrate Judge Megan Marshall signed a “nondissemination order” that prevents investigators, law enforcement, personal, prosecutors or defense attorneys from speaking about the case, either in written or oral formats, outside of the information released through the public records of the case, according to the order obtained by Oxygen.com.
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