Texas Police Arrest Suspect in University Killing

Authorities announced the arrest of 17-year-old Meechaiel Criner for the murder of 18-year-old University of Texas at Austin student Haruka Weiser.
2:23 | 04/09/16

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turn to a big break in the case of a college student found murdered on her university of Texas campus. Police releasing this video of the teenage suspect. That's him right there Wheeling -- that was him Wheeling a bike, and it helped investigators connect the dots and make an arrest. His family is speaking out this morning and ABC's Phillip Mena is in Austin with more on what they're saying. Hey, Phillip, good morning. Reporter: Cecilia, good morning. Haruka Weiser's classmates honored her with a dance performance here on campus last night, and this morning we're learning more about the troubled teen who police believe killed her. 17-year-old meechaiel Criner accused of murdering 18-year-old haruka Weiser, a university of Texas dance major, now in police custody. His bail set at $1 million and his sister speaking out telling our Houston station KTRK exclusion skiffly that her brother had a hard upbringing and suffers from a psychiatric illness. He is slow on a lot of things but he's not slow enough to say I'm going to kill this person and take her purse and carry it with me. Meechaiel is not that crazy enough to do that. Reporter: Her classmates performing an emotional tribute to Weiser. She was a brilliant dancer and she's going to be deeply, deeply missed. The subject was also in possession of a woman's bike. Reporter: According to an arrest affidavit, the suspect seen here in surveillance footage holding a small duffel bag matching the description of the one Weiser had carried to dance class Sunday, the night of her disappearance. Weiser's body found in a creek two days later. Police taking Criner into custody Thursday morning. At this youth homeless shelter Criner was arrested after a tip from firefighters who told police they encountered a teenager hours after the murder at the scene of a fire in an abandoned building. According to court documents, investigators believe that teenager resembled the suspect seen in the video and that some of the items found at that fire may have belonged to Weiser including a shoe and a burned notebook with college level coursework inside. We are very certain the suspect is in custody is the suspect responsible for the death of this beautiful young woman. Reporter: State officials say Criner was a foster teen who ran away last month. Meanwhile, police here are still trying to figure out a motive. Dan. Sad story in so many ways. Thank you, Phillip. We have new developments

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