University of Idaho hit by another eerie knife attack by ‘suspect all in black’ weeks before 4 students’ brutal murders

THE University of Idaho was hit by another eerie knife attack by a suspect wearing all black just weeks before four students were brutally murdered.

A “Vandal Alert” was sent out by campus security in September to staff and students.

A separate knife incident happened at the University of Idaho weeks before four students were murdered

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A separate knife incident happened at the University of Idaho weeks before four students were murderedCredit: Getty
Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves were stabbed to death over the weekend

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Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves were stabbed to death over the weekendCredit: Instagram/kayleegoncalves

The subject line, “Threat with Knife” was used to notify the campus of the alarming incident.

“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 from September 12.

Nobody was harmed in the incident but campus security urged caution for students and staff.

The suspect was described as a white man between the ages of 18 to 22.

The suspect wore all-black clothes and a black baseball cap and was riding a mountain bike.

The mysterious individual wasn’t arrested, however, when asked if there was any connection to the quadruple homicide, the Moscow Police Department declined to answer.

COPS STUMPED

MPD Police Chief James Fry said that there were at least two roommates home when Ethan Chapin, 20, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Kaylee Goncalves were stabbed to death.

Police warned that the students’ killer is “still out there” with few leads on a suspect.

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“There was no sign of forced entry into the residence,” said Fry, who added that investigators are still gathering evidence at the scene.

Reporters at the news conference pushed for answers on what the roommates told cops after the attack, however, Fry declined to comment on their statements at this point in the investigation.

Fry would also not disclose who made the 911 call about an unconscious individual that led to the discovery of the students’ bodies.

The call was made around noon, said Fry, hours after the students were believed to have been killed.

Autopsies were set for Wednesday, Fry said.

“Based on details at the scene, we believe this to be an isolated, targeted attack on our victims.

“We do not have a suspect at this time and that individual is still out there.

“We cannot say there is no threat to the community and as we have stated, please stay vigilant, report any suspicious activity and be aware of your surroundings at all times.”

Fry said that police don’t know the identity and location of the suspect, the location of the murder weapon, or any clothing that was worn by the suspect.

University of Idaho president Scott Green spoke after Fry, expressing his condolences to the families of the four students and had to take a few moments to collect himself after becoming emotional.

“Their loss has been devastating and they were bright lights in our community,” he said.

Green added that the school has been working with police on the investigation and offered students and staff counseling services.

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“The weeks ahead will continue to challenge us as this loss, and the circumstances around this crime become known.

“We will support each other as we grieve.”

The suspects in both incidents were not arrested

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The suspects in both incidents were not arrestedCredit: AP
'The weeks ahead will continue to challenge us as this loss, and the circumstances around this crime become known,' said UI president Scott Green

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‘The weeks ahead will continue to challenge us as this loss, and the circumstances around this crime become known,’ said UI president Scott GreenCredit: AP

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