Jose Ibarra Charged In Laken Riley Murder

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Jose Ibarra is an accused killer from Georgia who has been charged with the murder of University Of Georgia student Laken Riley

According to police reports Laken Riley went for a run around the University of Georgia campus and never returned. Police would find the body of Laken Riley shortly after she was reported missing by her roommate

Police would arrest Jose Ibarra who is an illegal alien from Venezuela who had been living in Georgia since crossing in El Paso Texas in 2022

Jose Ibarra has been charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, hindering a 911 call and concealing the death of another.

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University of Georgia police have arrested a man in the murder of Laken Riley.

Jose Antonio Ibarra, 26, who is not a U.S. citizen, but lives in the Athens area, was booked into the Clarke County Jail Friday evening.

Ibarra faces charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, hindering a 911 call, and concealing the death of another.

The announcement came during a press conference Friday evening along with a few other details about what police are calling a “crime of opportunity.”

Laken Riley did not know her attacker, police say

University of Georgia Police Chief Jeff Clark says they are still trying to determine the motive behind the brutal murder of 22-year-old Laken Riley, whose body was discovered in the forested area behind Lake Herrick, after she failed to return from a run along a path near the Intramural Fields.

Investigators revealed on Friday evening that Riley died from blunt force trauma.

Police say they were able to link Ibarra to the murder through use of the campus security camera network and several witnesses. The chief also said other technology was also used, but did not elaborate.
Search warrant in murder of Laken Riley

Earlier in the day, three people were taken into custody and questioned, but only Jose Ibarra was arrested for Riley’s murder.

At the same time, a mobile command center at the Argo Apartments off Milledge Avenue near Lake Herrick and UGA was set up. Investigators were seen combing through an apartment and even the trash.

UGA police confirmed investigators are still searching the apartment, but say already, the evidence pointing to Ibarra is “robust.”

Jose Ibarra’s criminal history

Few details about Ibarra were released during Friday’s press conference. Chief Clark said there was no clear history of violence for the 26-year-old murder suspect and his criminal history is not extensive.

Ibarra is not a U.S. citizen, but his status in the country could not be immediately verified. Investigators say he came from Venezuela but did not offer his current immigration status in the U.S.

Chief Clark said evidence found at the apartment appears to show Ibarra acted alone.

The chief called this a “very isolated incident,” adding that this is the first homicide at UGA in at least 30 years.

It is not clear when Ibarra will be making his first appearance on those murder charges.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the UGA Police Department at 706-542-2200.
Jose Ibarra’s brother arrested for having fake green card

Diego Ibarra, 29, of Venezuela, was one of the men questions in the death of Laken Riley on Friday, the Department of Justice revealed.

He is the older brother of Jose Ibarra.

The United States Attorney’s Office Middle District of Georgia revealed the charges late Friday evening and said he will be prosecuted federally.

The elder Ibarra has a series of arrests in Athens, according to the DOJ.

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