The FBI declined to ask Indiana police to pull over Brian Kohberger as he drove to Pennsylvania with his father — even though the agency was part of a law enforcement coalition that made the request.
“The Dec. 15 traffic stop in Indiana of a vehicle driven by Brian Kohberger was not requested or indicated by the FBI,” the agency said in a statement. It was reported by Fox News in the statement.
The feds made the clarification after a law enforcement source told the news station that an FBI surveillance team tracked the pair as they traveled from Washington state to Pennsylvania.
Members of the law enforcement coalition investigating Kohberger, including FBI agents, asked Indiana police to pull over the white Hyundai Elantra that day, the publication reported.
The task force has asked Indiana police to obtain images of the suspect and his hands, which the source said could be scars or wounds from when he used a large knife to kill four University of Idaho students on Nov. 13. to check if there is.
Authorities said police pulled over Kohberger on I-70 in Hancock County outside Indianapolis for following him twice within minutes.
Both times, officers let Kohberger and his father, Michael Kohberger, 67, drive away with a verbal warning.
On December 30, Kohberger was arrested at his parents’ home in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, and charged with the murders of Ethan Chapin, 20, Hana Kernodle, 20, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, and Madison Mogen, 21, all in Moscow, Idaho. after they were stabbed in their beds during a seemingly senseless and unwarranted fight.
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An affidavit unsealed Thursday said police have DNA evidence and phone records that led him to the crime scene, as well as images of a car matching the description of Kohberger leaving the area shortly after the attack.
He appeared in a preliminary hearing in Idaho on Thursday after being booked into the Latah County Jail following his extradition from Pennsylvania. He has yet to go to court, but has told a lawyer he pleads not guilty.