A day after police released surveillance footage of a possible suspect in the murder of a University of Texas student on campus in Austin, police there have made an arrest.
That person is identified as 17-year old Meechaiel Criner, who was described by Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo as a homeless teen.
The Chief said officers caught up with him after firefighters had spotted him near a trash fire, and recognized him as possibly being the person seen on the surveillance video. Acevedo said officers found what they believe to have been items belonging to Haruka Weiser in the debris left over from that fire.
“Also, the suspect had in his possession a small blue duffle bag resembling that of our victim” Acevedo said, adding, “We are very certain the subject we have in custody is responsible for the death of this beautiful young woman.”
Despite the arrest, UT-Austin President Greg Fenves said the focus remains on doing what can be done to improve security on campus.
“We are taking measures–and doing everything we can to improve safety of the campus. The increased patrols that I directed earlier this week will continue for now” Fenves said.