Arrest made in UT murder
(NBC News) Police in Austin, Texas have arrested a homeless teen for the killing a female student at the University of Texas.
Friends and family members of Haruka Weiser are remembering the 18-year-old as a gifted dancer.
A scholarship brought her to the University of Texas in Austin from her home near Portland, Oregon.
Her body was discovered in a creek near the campus alumni center Tuesday.
Friday, as friends mourned, police announced a breakthrough.
"Meechiael Criner has been booked into the Travis County jail for murder, for a charge of murder, which is a first degree felony," Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said.
Authorities say on Monday Austin firefighters discovered a homeless teen with a bicycle at a trash fire. They took him to a shelter, and called police Thursday after seeing surveillance video of the possible suspect.
"The individual on that video they were seeing strongly resembled the suspect we were looking for," Chief Acevedo said.
Police say when arrested, Criner had some of Weiser’s belongings with him.
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