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Idaho murder suspect made 'creepy' comments at brewery, owner says


For those who knew Bryan Kohberger, knowing that he is charged with the deaths of four students makes them uneasy. "I dont want to go outside. I'm still worried about this," said a neighbor.

By Minyvonne Burke and Deon J. Hampton -

NBC News

The suspect in the murder of four University of Idaho students was known to some employees at a Pennsylvania brewery for making “disturbing” and inappropriate comments, the business owner said.

Since Bryan Christopher Kohberger's arrest Friday in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, those who knew him or had exchanges with the 28-year-old now reflect on those encounters following his capture for the alleged murder of four students on November 13 in Moscow, Idaho. .

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Jordan Serulneck, 34, the owner of Seven Sirens Brewing Company in Bethlehem, said Kohberger went to the brewery several times and sat at the bar.

The exchanges at the location occurred months ago, possibly when the suspect was a student at DeSales University in Center Valley, less than 10 miles (10 kilometers) south of Bethlehem, Serulneck said.

Kohberger graduated in 2020 and completed her graduate studies in June 2022, according to the university.

Police guard the house where four students were killed. Lindsey Wasson / Reuters / Alamy file

The brewery sometimes had “unusual characters,” Serulneck said, but he remembered Kohberger from some interactions he had with female customers and staff.

Although he did not do anything in front of him or those in charge, he did comment in a low voice or say something if there was only one person working in the business, he said.

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In the bar's system, staff added notes that appeared when their ID was scanned, Serulneck explained.

“The staff said, 'Hey, this guy makes creepy comments, keep an eye on him


He'll have two or three beers and then he'll get too comfortable,” he recounted.

Kohberger would ask employees or customers who they had come to the brewery with, where they lived, and what their work hours were.

If the women ignored him, he “got angry with them,” and he recalled that he once called one of her employees a derogatory term when she refused to answer her questions.

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Kohberger had not been back to the brewery since Serulneck spoke to him months ago about complaints from his staff, according to the owner.

“I went up to him and said, 'Hello Bryan, welcome back.

We thank you for coming back.

I just wanted to have a quick word with you and make sure that this time you're going to be respectful and we're not going to have any problems,'" he recounted.

“He was totally surprised.

He was surprised that I said that and he replied: 'I don't know what you're talking about.

You have me totally confused."

Kohberger had a beer and left.

"I'm still worried about this"

For people who knew the suspect, learning that he is accused of the murders has left them uneasy.

Following a storm in early December, Kohberger needed help clearing snow from the window of her vehicle, her neighbor Angela He, 35, who lives directly below the suspected killer at a student complex in Pullman, Wash., told less than 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Moscow.

“My husband came out and saw that I needed help,” she explained.

Another neighbor ended up helping him, he added.

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Photo from November 2022. Zach Wilkinson / The Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP file

A mother of two, He said she recognized Kohberger when she saw him in the media on Friday and that the fear of living near a suspected killer has weighed on her.

“We still feel that it is not safe to be living here,” he said Saturday.

I don't want to go out.

I'm still worried about this

. "

BK Norton, a Washington State University student who took four courses with Kohberger, said he continued to attend classes until the end of the semester.

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“When the classroom murders were discussed, Bryan did not mention or participate in the conversation,” Norton said by email.

"After the crimes we left class early to return home when it was still light, and Bryan was with us."

Austin Morrison, 22, a criminal justice student at Washington State University, said Kohberger helped his professor in criminal procedure class last semester, correcting his papers and giving him tips on proper report writing. of the cases.

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“He was pretty quiet, he didn't talk much and he sat to the side,” said Morrison, who cautioned against letting the judicial system play itself out before sentencing Kohberger.

"As a criminal justice student, I think he's innocent until proven guilty," Morrison said, "that's my stance on that."

The suspect is “shocked”

Jason A. LaBar, Monroe County's chief public defender, said in an interview Saturday that Kohberger is "eager to be exonerated."

LaBar, who represents him in the extradition case but not the murder case, said he spoke to his client for an hour after his arrest on Friday.

"He was very conscious, but calm, and really shocked by his arrest," he


The lawyer added that Kohberger intends to forgo his extradition hearing Tuesday to be transferred to Idaho, where authorities have said he will be charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 20-year-old Ethan Chapin;

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Source: telemundo

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