A man accused of killing four students in the US has been warned after making “creepy” and inappropriate comments about a brewery’s staff and customers, a brewery owner claims.
Brian Christopher Koberg was arrested Friday at his parents’ home in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania.
he has bones Four University of Idaho students charged with murder On 13 November, they were found stabbed to death in a house.
Kohberger, a 28-year-old doctoral student in criminology at Washington State University (WSU), a short drive from the University of Idaho, was also charged with felony burglary.
Prosecutors believe he broke into their home with “intent to murder”.
Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Maddie Mogen, Xana Kernodle, also 20, and her boyfriend Ethan Chuck, police said Ethan Chapin may have been asleep when he was attacked, but there were no signs of sexual assault.
Kohberger’s attorney, Jason LaBar, said the doctoral student plans to forego an extradition hearing and send him 2,500 miles from Pennsylvania to Idaho so he can be brought to Idaho soon to face charges because He longs to be innocent.
Detectives are now combing through Kohberger’s background, financial records and electronic communications, and are asking people who know him to contact them to share anything they know about him.
Jordan Selrulneck, owner of a brewery in Bethlehem, Pa. — near where Kohberger will attend DeSales University in early 2022 — said he visited a few times during the year and would sit at the bar by himself.
He told Sky News affiliate NBC News that Kohberger would make comments in a low voice and staff would add warnings when his ID was scanned.
“The staff was there saying, ‘Hey, this guy is making creepy comments, keep an eye out for him. He’ll have two or three beers and then get a little too comfortable,'” he told NBC.
The owner of Seven Sirens Brewing Company said the suspects would ask female employees or customers who they were with, where they lived and their work arrangements.
He said that if women ignored him, “he would get a little bit mad at them” and when a staff member refused to answer, he called her a derogatory term.
Mr Selrulneck said he hadn’t returned since Kohberger asked him to respect his staff months ago.
“I walked up to him and said, ‘Hey Brian, welcome back. Thanks for coming back. I just wanted to have a quick chat with you and make sure you’re going to show respect this time around and we won’t have any issues,'” he said.
“He was totally taken aback. He was shocked that I said that and he said, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about. You totally confuse me’.”
The brewery owner said he drank a bottle of beer and left.
‘Suspect did not discuss murder’
Kohberger’s arrest is the first major development in the case, with students and residents of the small Moscow, Idaho community fearing for their safety and desperate for answers.
BK Norton, a WSU student who took four classes with Kohberger, said the suspect stayed in classes after the murder until the end of the semester.
“Bryan did not mention or participate in the conversation of the murder when it was discussed in class,” they told NBC.
“After the murder, we came home from school early, it was still daylight, and Brian was in class with us.”
Ben Roberts, who started the WSU graduate program with Kohberger in August, said the student was confident and outgoing, but “he was always looking for a way to fit in.”
“Honestly, I just found him super awkward,” he said.
“One thing he always does, almost never fails, is find the most complicated way to explain something.”
Eileen Cesaretti, who lives across from Kohberger’s parents in Chestnuthill Township, Pennsylvania, told the local newspaper she loves his parents and their son, who she says helps her with chores.
“I don’t think he is capable of something like this. I pray to God that he is innocent,” she said.