An “illegal alien” is in custody for the murder of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts, according to police officials.
Cristhian Rivera, 24, was charged Tuesday in Poweshiek County after being brought in without incident by local cops.
Investigators spoke to him at length about what happened on July 18 — when he allegedly abducted Tibbetts — and revealed what he said during a press conference.
According to officials, Rivera told cops that he saw the young woman running, circled around a few times in his car, and eventually approached her.
Upon exiting the vehicle, he ran up behind Tibbetts and accidentally spooked her — causing the 20-year-old to panic, officials said.
Rivera told cops that she “grabbed a hold of her phone and said, ‘You need to leave me alone! I’m gonna call police!’”
He continued to pursue Tibbetts and she “took off running,” officials said.
Rivera said he then blacked out and didn’t come to again until after Tibbetts was already dead and at the intersection in rural Poweshiek County where investigators found her body.
Cops would not say whether the young college student was left there immediately after she was killed or later on.
Published at Tue, 21 Aug 2018 21:10:00 +0000