The FBI instructed police to pull over the suspect in the Idaho murders of four college students to obtain images of Bryan Kohberger’s hands, according to a new report.
Kohberger and his father were driving cross-country from Washington state to Pennsylvania last month. On Dec. 15, Kohberger was pulled over in Indiana by a member of the Hancock County Police Department while driving in his 2015 white Hyundai Elantra.
Police bodycam video shows a sheriff’s deputy pull over the Elantra and ask for Kohberger’s driver’s license. Kohberger complies, and then the officer says that the traffic stop was for tailgating.
The deputy tells Kohberger, “You were right up there on the back end of that van. I pulled you over for tailgating.”
The officer asks the father and son where they are driving to and from. The father, Michael Kohberger, replies that they are coming from Washington State University – where the younger Kohberger had recently completed his first semester as a Ph.D. student in criminology and criminal justice.
The father informs the officer, “We’re slightly punchy. We’ve been driving for hours.”
The father and son are seen on video telling the officer about a deadly SWAT team standoff in Washington state that caused the WSU campus to issue a shelter-in-place order. The SWAT crisis occured in Pullman, Washington. Kohberger lives in Pullman – which is about 15 minutes from the deadly college student stabbings in Moscow, Idaho.
The deputy advises Kohberger, “Don’t follow too close.” He then leaves without handing Kohberger a citation.
New bodycam video shows the first time Bryan Kohberger was stopped by police
Approximately 10 minutes after the traffic stop, Kohberger was pulled over again on I-70.
Bodycam video shows an Indiana State Police trooper stopping Kohberger for tailgating. The Kohbergers inform the trooper that they had just been pulled over for following too close while driving. The police officer did not issue a ticket to the driver.
The father and son tell the officer that they’re driving to Pennsylvania. The trooper joked, “Long haul. Have you ever heard of airplanes?”
Police bodycam video and dashcam footage show the second traffic stop by an Indiana State trooper.
Idaho Student Murders Suspect Bryan Kohberger Stopped in White Hyundai Elantra by Indiana Trooper
The traffic stops were reportedly directed by the FBI to build a case against Kohberger in relation to the quadruple murders of University of Idaho students Madison Mogen, 21, Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, in the early morning hours of Nov. 13. Fox News reported, “The law enforcement source said that investigators were still building their case on Dec. 15 to make an arrest, but added that genealogy played a major role.”
The New York Post speculated, “Investigators likely wanted to see if the suspect had any visible wounds after allegedly using a large knife to commit the bloody crime.”
Kohberger’s Elantra was registered in Pennsylvania. However, CarFax documents show that the vehicle’s registration was switched from Pennsylvania to Washington on Nov. 18 – five days after the college students were stabbed to death, according to Newsweek.
At around 1:45 a.m. on Dec. 30, Kohberger was arrested at his parents’ home in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania. He was charged with four counts of first-degree murder for the stabbing deaths of the Idaho college students.
Kohberger, 28, issued a statement through his attorney that he wants to return to Idaho so he can be “exonerated.”