Bryan Kohberger, Idaho murders suspect, first arrested in 2014, records show

According to records examined by ABC News, Bryan Kohberger was apprehended in his birthplace of Pennsylvania and faced charges of petty larceny for purportedly taking his sister’s iPhone, almost a decade prior to being accused of murdering four university students in Idaho. In MONROE COUNTY, Pa.

According to the court records, it was Michael, Kohberger’s father, who notified the authorities about the occurrence.

Bryan, the law enforcement officer, informed Michael Kohberger that his son had taken the phone, which his son had been struggling with due to drug addiction, and warned him “not to engage in any foolish actions.”

Bryan Kohberger, who had a previous run-in with the law, is now only coming forward to defend himself against the charges of killing four students at the University of Idaho last fall.

The result of the lawsuit or that apprehension has no public documentation at present. As per authorities, he did not spend any time behind bars. As per the records, Bryan Kohberger was apprehended in 2014 for the purported robbery when he was 19 years old.

The Rehabilitative “Accelerated Disposition” program in Monroe County, Pennsylvania offers first-time offenders the opportunity to enter a pretrial program called probation, which allows charges to be dropped and records to be expunged upon successful completion.

Attorney Martin Diaz Souto, who represents the Kohberger family, declined to comment on the earlier arrest, as described in the record, in the attorney’s office in Monroe County.

In a court filing Monday, Idaho prosecutors announced they intend to seek the death penalty against Bryan Kohberger for the alleged murders.

In Moscow, Idaho, on King Road, at an off-campus residence, four university students – Ethan Chapin, 20; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves, 21 – were fatally stabbed during the early hours of November 13, 2022. It remains uncertain if the purported event in 2014 and his prior supposed involvement with substance misuse will have any relevance or provide any indications regarding the incident.

Prosecutors in Idaho are currently preparing for an impending trial, as they have been informed that the alleged incident from October 2014 is now the subject of an inquiry, according to a source briefed on the ABC News case.

You want to get all the puzzle pieces figured out, even as you keep finding new pieces, said Richard Frankel, a retired senior FBI official and former prosecutor in Suffolk County, a suburb of New York City, as he contributed to ABC News.

“You’re working to determine how they all fit together,” Frankel stated, speaking broadly on the investigative process for constructing a case.

Frankel expressed, “Therefore, I am curious to ascertain, in my capacity as a prosecutor and investigator, about his activities during those intervening years?” “Firstly, it is quite a significant leap to transition from an alleged non-violent theft, especially one involving a family member, to facing charges for multiple homicides. Secondly, the span of eight years is considerably lengthy for no noteworthy events to occur.”

Robert Boyce, the retired chief of detectives for the New York City Police Department and ABC News contributor, expressed, “The crucial aspect to consider at this point is whether this event served as a fundamental moment and served as an early indication of future developments.”

A trial in the fourfold murder has been scheduled for October 2nd, although that might be postponed.

Bryan Kohberger is scheduled to make an appearance at the Latah County Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon for yet another pretrial hearing related to the homicide case. He is currently being detained without the option of posting bail at the Latah County Jail.

Bryan Kohberger’s legal team is currently examining whether there are any grounds to dismiss the indictment based on the way the court selected the grand jury. They are arguing that materials which fall within the scope of the grand jury should be released, and this is causing a pause in the prosecution and defense’s arguments in his case.

According to legal documents, the defense is requesting Idaho prosecutors to reveal additional details regarding their inquiry, such as further explanation regarding their scientific DNA examinations, and data acquired from mobile phone records.

Prosecutors, as per recent court filings, stated that they would not oppose a “reasonable prolongation” to make a decision, provided that any potential alibi is presented within the upcoming month. The hearing on Tuesday is also anticipated to concentrate on Bryan Kohberger’s plea for additional time to determine whether to present an alibi during the trial, as his lawyers claim they are endeavoring to navigate the “extensive” and “continuing” process of uncovering evidence.

SEE ALSO: Additional DNA evidence connects suspect Bryan Kohberger to the University of Idaho homicides, according to the FBI.

According to the documents, Michael Kohberger informed law enforcement that Bryan took his sister Melissa’s iPhone, which was valued at approximately $400, to their residence following his release from a rehabilitation facility. As reported by ABC News, his father stated that Bryan Kohberger had recently completed a rehabilitation program and returned to the family in Pennsylvania on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

According to authorities, Bryan Kohberger paid a friend to take him to a local mall where he sold used electronics at an automated kiosk for phones.

The documents state that Bryan Kohberger was accused of minor theft and provide no additional clarification about the subsequent events.

Frankel expressed, “Because I want to know who this individual is, I would also like to create a behavioral timeline from his teenage years into adulthood. Not only do I want to establish a timeline of the actual alleged homicide incident, but I would also like to do so minute by minute. In any case, we always conduct a timeline.”

Frankel further stated that asking the right questions is crucial for him when interviewing other people as it may also assist him in assessing their character.

Bryan Kohberger, now 28 years old, was indicted in Idaho last month for one count of burglary and four counts of first-degree murder.

The judge entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of Bryan Kohberger, therefore he chose not to provide a plea during his arraignment in Idaho in late May.

On November 13, 2022, Bryan Kohberger, a criminology Ph.D. Student at Washington State University, allegedly entered an off-campus residence during the early morning hours and fatally stabbed four individuals. These victims were students from the University of Idaho, located nearby.

After a hunt of more than six weeks, police zeroed in on Bryan Kohberger as a suspect, based on the recovery of his DNA on the sheath of a knife and the tracking data from his white Hyundai Elantra cellphone signal, as authorities revealed.

The authorities mentioned in a recent filing directly took a cheek swab from his arrest and stated that a statistical match was shown between the DNA evidence taken from the knife sheath at the crime scene and the suspect.

Court filings in recent analysis have pushed Bryan Kohberger’s attorneys to cast doubt on whether their client is implicated by the DNA evidence. They point to the lack of irrefutable DNA evidence, calling it a total lack of DNA evidence from the victims’ car or home. They argue that there is not an absolute lack of statistical probability that the DNA evidence implicates their client, casting doubt on the analysis pushed back by Bryan Kohberger’s attorneys.

He was arrested on Dec. 30, 2022, at his family’s home in Pennsylvania, after driving cross-country to spend the holidays in Albrightsville.

Some of Bryan Kohberger’s childhood acquaintances have told ABC News that he developed his substance abuse problem when his high school friends started to distance themselves. They described him as being “quiet” but also “funny”.

Casey Arntz, who went to high school with Kohberger, told ABC News that he would ask her for rides, unaware that she later discovered he was using those rides to purchase drugs.

Arntz stated, “And I indeed forgave him.” “Because it’s necessary to forgive him, I mean, you can’t blame him for being so deeply immersed in this unfortunate situation,” I responded, “Well, why did you continue to be friends with him even after that? Many people wonder.” “Bryan exploited me to, you know, chauffeur him and obtain heroin.”