Homeless 17-Year-Old Arrested in Murder of Univ. of Texas Student
UPDATE, 10:40am ET:
Breaking: A suspect is in custody in connection with the murder of UT student Haruka Weiser. MTF. APD is having press conference at 10:30a
— Nick Spinetto (@NickonFox7) April 8, 2016
Police have since identified the suspect as a homeless 17-year-old man, Meechaiel Khalil Criner, who will face a charge of first-degree murder.
At a news conference, police said they do not know the motive for the murder. They say Criner took some of Weiser's belongings and burned them.
Police said they believe Criner arrived in the area recently and he had no previous connection with the university.
Police in Austin, Texas have released a video which shows a "person of interest" in the murder of an 18-year-old college student.
The body of 18-year-old freshman Haruka Weiser was discovered earlier this week in a creek on the University of Texas campus.
Police said that Weiser was assaulted, but the exact cause of death hasn't been released.
The murder has led to a heavy police presence and fear on the campus as the killer remains on the loose.
Police are trying to identify this man, seen on a bicycle near the crime scene around the time of the murder.
He is described as a six-foot-tall black man and was seen on a red or pink bike.
Weiser was a first-year dance student and was found in a heavily-trafficked area near the alumni center and football stadium.
She was last seen Sunday night before she went to a dance rehearsal. Her roommate called police the next morning to report her missing and her body was discovered Tuesday morning.