Man in 'all-black' carried out a 'knife attack' at University of Idaho weeks before quadruple murder
The University had put out a 'Vandal Alert' in September after a group of students was threatened by a man with a knife in a parking lot
The bodies of three young women and a man were recovered from their house on King Road in Moscow, Idaho, which is near the border of Washington state and 80 miles away from Spokane.
Now, the Sun reported that the university had put out a “Vandal Alert,” after the mysterious attack in September, that was reportedly carried out by a suspect wearing all black. The warning line “Threat with Knife” was used in the alert to notify everyone in the university premises about the attack. A "Vandal Alert" is the university's emergency notification system, which was used to contact the community in the event of an emergency.
“The Moscow Police Department received a report that a group of students was walking between the Steam Plant parking lot (Lot #14) and the Student Recreation Center on Paradise Path and were threatened by a person with a knife,” read the alert released on September 12. Security described the suspect as a white man between 18 to 22 years of age. The suspect was wearing black clothes, a black baseball cap and was riding a mountain bike. No one was harmed during this incident. When asked if there was any connection between the knife attack and the quadruple homicide, the police did not comment.
However, Police chief James Fry revealed that there were at least two people present at the residence when the four students were stabbed to death. Police warned that the students' killer was “still out there” with few leads on a suspect. “There was no sign of forced entry into the residence,” Fry added. Images of the scene of the crime obtained by Daily Mail showed blood oozing down the side of the house along with evidence markers on the walls inside and on the back porch. The victims were left to bleed to death after the vicious attack, police sources told the outlet. Investigators believe an edged weapon, like a knife, was used but no weapons have been discovered from the site as yet.
Xana Kernodle, 20, of Post Falls, Idaho; Madison Mogen, 21, of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho; Kaylee Goncalves, 21, of Rathdrum, Idaho; and Ethan Chaplin, 20, of Conway, Washington, were the students killed in the recent attack. Investigators described the brutal attack as a “crime of passion”. Some of the victims' relatives have released statements through local media outlets, mourning the tragic loss of young people who were well-loved and who had promising futures ahead of them. Amid a lack of answers, they also urged people not to speculate or spread misinformation about what led to the attack.