New details about Bryan Kohberger’s behavior when police arrived

New details about Bryan Kohberger’s behavior when police arrived

Rick Schindler

  • Bryan Kohberger, 28, is charged with the deaths of four University of Idaho students.
  • On the night of his arrest, authorities said he was found in the kitchen wearing latex gloves and his rubbish placed in separate zip-lock bags.
  • Police only recovered DNA from Kohberger’s family members when they took cash from outside the family home in Pennsylvania.
  • Kohberger has yet to file charges, but an attorney who represented him said he was “eager to be exonerated.”

Pennsylvania authorities have revealed what Bryan Kohberger was doing when he was arrested in connection with the killing of four University of Idaho students.

Kohberger, 28, had been under surveillance for some time when officers broke into his family’s home in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania on December 30 and arrested him.

He is charged with quadruple murder and first-degree burglary in the deaths of Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20. All four were found stabbed to death in an apartment building near the university’s campus in Moscow on November 13, 2022.

At the time, Kohberger was a Ph.D. Criminology student at Washington State University in nearby Pullman. He has yet to plead the charges, but an attorney representing him in Pennsylvania said he was “eager to be exonerated.”

Now, Monroe County First Assistant Michael Mancuso has revealed details about Kohberger’s behavior the night he was arrested.

He “was found awake in the kitchen area in shorts and a shirt and wearing medical latex gloves, apparently taking his personal trash and putting it in a separate zip-top bag,” Mancuso said, according to BRCTV13.

That discovery, Mancuso said, may hint at why investigators only discovered DNA from Kohberger’s family members and not him after stealing trash from outside the family home.

Pennsylvania police sent that junk to Idaho for testing, according to a probable cause affidavit unsealed in January. Investigators found that a DNA profile found from the trash almost certainly matched the father of the person whose DNA was found on the button clasp of a knife sheath found at the crime scene.



Idaho authorities have released little information about the case since Latah County Magistrate Judge Megan Marshall issued a sweeping gag order in early January barring attorneys, law enforcement and others involved with the case from to talk or write about it.

Last week, an unsealed search warrant revealed that items taken from Kohberger after his arrest included medical gloves, a silver flashlight, a pair of size 13 Nike shoes and several items of clothing. The police also dabbed Kohberger’s DNA at the time.

Additional court documents were unsealed Thursday, showing that a knife, a Smith & Wesson pocket knife and a Glock 22 pistol with three empty magazines were found on Kohberger’s parents.

A cell phone, an Acer laptop, black face masks and two containers of a “green leaf substance” were also confiscated from the apartment, along with several dark clothing items and a book with “underlining on page 118”.

Kohberger’s Hyundai Elantra, the garage and a shed on the property were also searched. Police took a door glass, seat cushions, headrests, a seat belt, a visor, and brake and gas pedals from the car, as well as hiking boots, a shovel, goggles and other items.

New details about Bryan Kohberger’s behavior when police arrived

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