Idaho killings suspect made ‘creepy’ comments to brewery staff, owner says
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The man suspected of killing four university students had been known to employees at a local bar to make ‘creepy’ comments, the business owner claimed.
Bryan Christopher Kohberger was arrested on Friday (30 December) in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania on suspicion of the murder of University of Idaho students Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20 in the early hours of 13 November 2022.
As the investigation continues, Jordan Serulneck, 34, the owner of Seven Sirens Brewing Company in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania shared unsettling alleged details about the suspect.
Kohberger reportedly visited the brewery months ago.
Although the brewery sometimes attracted ‘unusual characters’, Serulneck remembered Kohberger because of his alleged interactions with female patrons and staff.
Staff had added notes in the bar’s system as a warning each time Kohberger’s name was scanned.
Staff put in there, ‘Hey, this guy makes creepy comments, keep an eye on him. He’ll have two or three beers and then just get a little too comfortable,” he explained to Today.
Serulneck claimed Kohberger would ask female staff or customers where they lived, if they were at the bar alone and details about their work schedule.
The suspect, 28, would allegedly get ‘upset with them a little bit’ if he was rejected and one time, Serulneck recalls, he called a female staff member a disparaging term when she refused to answer his questions.
Serulneck confronted the former customer about his behaviour towards women and he left after having one beer.
“I went up to him and I said, ‘Hey Bryan, welcome back. We appreciate you coming back. … I just wanted to talk to you real quick and make sure that you’re going to be respectful this time and we’re not going to have any issues,’” he said.
“And he was completely taken aback. He was shocked that I was saying that, and he said, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about. You totally have me confused.’”
Kohberger was a student at DeSales University in Center Valley in 2020, less than six miles south of Bethlehem. He did graduate studies at the same university until June 2022.
He is currently listed as a Ph.D. criminology student and teaching assistant at Washington State University's Pullman campus, located a short drive from Moscow, Idaho.
He was arrested at his parents’ home in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, CBS News reports.
Other people who know Kohberger have since come forward to speak about his behaviour.
A man who was Kohberger’s night running buddy was left ‘in complete shock’ after discovering he’s the suspect. Watch the video below:
Meanwhile, former classmate, Ben Roberts, said the suspect showed ‘unsettling red flags’ after the killings.
"He was starting to show up really tired," Roberts told the Seattle Times. "He'd always have a cup of coffee in his hand, and he kind of looked like he was riding the knife edge between worn out and completely exhausted.
"Most of that as a graduate student is fairly normal," he added. "It didn't raise any red flags at the time.
"Like everybody in a graduate program, there's a little bit of awkwardness. You're trying to fit in, you're trying to find your niche, and Bryan Kohberger fit that.
"Now, looking back in hindsight, having these allegations come almost entirely out of [the] left field, all of that feels less like normal trying to fit in and it just feels... unsettling."