University of Texas homicide in Austin

Investigators have arrested a suspect in the killing of a first-year dance student whose body was found in a creek on the University of Texas campus, Austin police said Friday.

The Austin Police Department said via Twitter that a suspect was in custody in the killing of 18-year-old Haruka Weiser, and that more details would come during a press briefing.

Earlier Friday, the chief of police said investigators were sure that a man who appears in campus surveillance video pushing a bicycle is responsible for her death.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said the campus has extensive video monitoring, and that the timing and location of the man and “a lot of things we’d rather not talk about” indicate he killed Weiser on the Austin campus Sunday night. It was the first killing on school grounds since a bell tower mass shooting nearly 50 years ago.

“We’re very confident, with a high degree of probability of confidence, that this is the person that, when we bring him in, that he’ll be the person responsible for this act,” Acevedo told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Police have not released details about how she died, although authorities have repeatedly underlined the brutality of her killing. An autopsy shows she was assaulted, but police have refused to elaborate, citing the ongoing investigation. (AP)

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