Pennsylvania State Police Major Christopher Paris said during a Tuesday press conference that “force was used” in executing the search warrant at the parents’ home in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania, Fox News reported. The 28-year-old suspect, who is not being named per Daily Wire policy, has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary with the intent to commit murder.
“There were multiple windows that were broken, I believe, to gain access, as well as multiple doors,” Paris said at the press conference.
Paris also said that the suspect’s parents were home at the time the search warrant was executed and that the search began on December 29 with about 50 “tactical assets” on scene.
The suspect signed an extradition document Tuesday afternoon and waived his right to challenge his arrest, Fox reported.
Police took the suspect into custody in Albrightsville, his hometown, after driving about 2,500 miles with his father just weeks after allegedly killing Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Ethan Chapin, 20; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Madison Mogen, 21.
The suspect’s attorney, Jason LaBar, told KTVB 7 that his client was pulled over twice in Indiana during the trip. In at least one of those stops, the suspect was driving.
“I don’t know whether they were speeding or not or if they were even issued a ticket,” LaBar said. “I just know that they were pulled over in Indiana almost back to back. I believe once for speeding and once for following too closely to a car in front of them.”
The suspect, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in criminal justice and criminology at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, worked as a teacher’s assistant and was reportedly a tough grader. That changed in the weeks after the murders, one former student told CNN on Monday.
“Definitely around then, he started grading everybody just 100s. Pretty much if you turned something in, you were getting high marks. He stopped leaving notes. He seemed preoccupied,” the student said. “The couple times that he did come after, or around that time period, he had a little more facial hair, stubble, less well-kept. He was a little quieter.”
The suspect previously studied psychology at DeSales University in Pennsylvania. While at DeSales, the suspect reportedly worked as a student investigator for a survey exploring motives behind crimes. One question in the survey reportedly asked, “Why did you choose that victim or target over others?” Another asked, “After committing the crime, what were you thinking and feeling?”