July 17 2019
Police said Friday they have arrested a homeless 17-year-old in connection with the killing of a University of Texas freshman this week.
Haruka Weiser, an 18-year-old dance and theater major, was last seen alive on the Austin campus Sunday night before she was reported missing the following morning. Her body was discovered near a creek on Tuesday.
Image: Haruka Weiser Haruka Weiser was an 18-year-old freshman at the University of Texas. Blaine Truitt Covert / Dance West The suspect — identified as Meechaiel Criner — was arrested Thursday and booked in the Travis County Jail on a murder charge, Austin police said at a news conference.
Police asked for the public's help to catch Weiser's killer after releasing surveillance video of the suspect lurking on the campus with a woman's bicycle.
"We're going to bring justice to that family, and restore the sense of safety that this campus and this community has enjoyed," Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters Friday morning, adding that a motive for the crime remains unclear.
"There are no known relationships with UT we can determine at this time," Acevedo said of Criner. "He is not a student."