Idaho murder suspect Bryan Kohberger made ‘creepy comments’ to brewery staff and customers

A criminology doctoral student accused of killing four University of Idaho students allegedly made “creepy” comments to staff at a brewery before his arrest.

28-year-old University of Washington student Bryan Christopher Kohberger was arrested in Pennsylvania in connection with the murders of Kaylee Goncalves, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin following an investigation by the Moscow Police Department, FBI and Idaho State Police . .

Mr. Kohberger lived near the Pullman campus but had returned to Pennsylvania to spend the holidays with his family.

Jordan Serulnec, 34, who owns Seven Sirens Brewing Company in Bethlehem, told NBC News in a report published this weekend that Mr. Kohberger was known for making inappropriate comments to female customers and staff.

The business has a system that allows staff to add notes to customer profiles when their IDs are scanned. After reading what his employees had written about Mr. Kohberger, Mr. Serulnec decided to confront the now-accused murderer.

“The staff put out there, ‘Hey, this guy’s making creepy comments, watch out for him. He’ll have two or three beers and then he’ll get pretty comfortable,” Mr. Serulnec told NBC.

He added: “I went up to him and said: ‘Hey Brian, welcome back. Thank you for coming back. … I just wanted to give you a real quick word and make sure that you’re going to be respectful this time and that we’re not going to have any problems.” And he was completely amazed. He was shocked that I was saying that and said, “I don’t know what you’re talking about. You have me completely confused.”

Bryan Kohberger, 28, is a suspect in the Moscow, Idaho, quadruple homicide investigation

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Mr. Serulnec went on to say that Mr. Kohberger would be upset if women in the business rejected his romantic advances. On one particular occasion, he called a staff member a “derogatory term” when she didn’t answer his questions.

Those incidents happened months ago, and Mr. Kohberger did not return to the business after being dealt with, Mr. Serulnec told NBC.

Former friends of Mr. Kohberger have described him as academically gifted and sometimes socially awkward. They have also revealed details about his personality and his troubled past which was reportedly characterized by heroin addiction and weight struggles.

“It was bad,” Mr. Kohberger’s former high school classmate Sara Healey told Fox News Digital on Friday. “There was definitely something fishy about him, as we couldn’t tell exactly what it was. “I remember one time I was walking down the hall, and he stopped me and said, ‘Do you want to hang out?'”

She added: “But Brian was bullied a lot and I never got a chance to say anything to defend him because he always walked away.”

Despite his struggles, Mr. Kohberger was very bright and always got good grades, Ms. Healey said. He added that Mr Kohberger was often rejected and bullied by women, leading him to believe it was this inner frustration that ultimately led to his alleged involvement in the Moscow attack.

Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21, were killed Nov. 13.

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Mr. Kohberger is a graduate student in the department of criminal justice and criminology in Pullman, Washington, about nine miles west of Moscow, where the students lived and were killed.

Pullman is about nine miles (15 kilometers) west of Moscow, Idaho, where the students lived.

Moscow Police Chief Fry said Friday that he was prevented by state law from disclosing what tipped police off to Koberger’s arrest until the suspect is extradited to Idaho.

“We have a person in custody who committed these horrific crimes and I believe the community is safe,” Mr Fry said.

Moscow police said more information about the circumstances leading to the arrest would be released once Mr. Kohberger appeared in court in Idaho, as his warrant would remain sealed until then, according to state law.

Mr. Kohbrger’s lawyer, Monroe County Chief Public Defender Jason LaBar, has since revealed that the University of Washington criminology doctoral student plans to waive his Jan. 3 extradition hearing in the Keystone State to expedite his return to Idaho.

“Mr. Kohberger is eager to be cleared of these charges and looks forward to resolving these matters as soon as possible,” Mr. LaBar told CNN.

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