Suspect arrested in UT Austin student’s death

Haruka Weiser's body was found April 5 in Waller Creek near the University of Texas at Austin campus' Alumni Center. [CBS News]

UPDATES: [Texas local time]

9:45 AM — Police say they’ve arrested a suspect in the first on-campus killing at the University of Texas in five decades.

The Austin Police Department said via Twitter on Friday that a suspect is in custody and more details will come during a press briefing later.

8:30 AM — Austin Police Chief Art Avedevo says he’s confident a man who appears on University of Texas surveillance video killed a first-year dance student whose body was found on campus.

Acevedo says Friday the location and timing of the man’s appearance on campus, according to the video, indicate he is responsible for the slaying of 18-year-old Haruka Weiser.


AUSTIN, Tx — Austin police say they have arrested the person they believe is connected to the death of University of Texas at Austin student Haruka Wesier. Police say they will be releasing more information regarding the suspect at a news conference at 10:30 AM.

A spokesperson with the Austin Fire Department says firefighters responded to a small fire overnight involving a backpack that may have contained some of Haruka’s belongings.

UT President Greg Fenves sent out a statement Friday morning saying he cannot discuss details on the investigation but he will be speaking at the news conference with the various law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation.

“I assure you that Austin Police and other law enforcement agencies are working quickly to resolve this heinous crime against one of our students,” says Fenves.

18-year-old Haruka, a first-year Theatre and Dance student from Portland, Oregon was last seen by her friends on the night of April 3. Her body was discovered two days later in Waller Creek near the campus’ Alumni Center.

Police Thursday released surveillance footage of a man they were hoping the public could identify. The video showed a man on a red or pink woman’s bicycle in the area north of the football stadium at 11:30 PM Sunday, April 3, 2016. Police say some of the video was taken prior to and after Haruka’s attack. Police say the suspect is believed to be a black man who is around six feet tall.

A $15,000 Crimestoppers reward for any information leading to the identification and arrest of the suspect(s) involved in Haruka’s death was also released Thursday.

The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined Haruka’s cause of death, but authorities are not releasing it due to the ongoing investigation. However, Chief Gay did say Haruka was assaulted.

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