Who is Jose Antonio Ibarra? Man arrested for murder of Laken Riley at UGA campus


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 Athens-Clarke County Jail Friday evening. A judge denied bond for Ibarra on Saturday morning. 

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.

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UGA murder suspect press conference

Officials give an update on a suspect in the murder of Laken Riley on UGA campus


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Jose Ibarra arrested for murder of Laken Riley

UGA police say Jose Ibarra is being charged with murder in connection to the death of Laken Riley, whose body was found along a trail near the Intramural Fields on the UGA campus on Thursday.

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.

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Nursing student killed at UGA identified

The Augusta University nursing student found dead on the University of Georgia campus on Thursday has been identified as 22-year-old Laken Hope Riley, according to UGA.

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.

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Arrest made in UGA murder

University of Georgia police say a suspect in the murder of Laken Riley has been taken into custody. The 22-year-old August University nursing student was found dead along a trail near Lake Herrick on the UGA campus.

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 questioned 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.