A 24-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico has been charged with the murder of missing Mollie Tibbetts.
Cristhian Rivera, 24, was charged on Tuesday after leading police to the cornfield where he dumped Mollie’s body after attacking her on July 18 in Brooklyn, Iowa.
Rivera, who has been in the US illegally for between four and seven years but is from Guayabillo in Guerrero, Mexico, followed her in his dark Chevy Malibu as she ran at around 7.30pm on July 18. Do the math, he came here under President Obama’s terms. And possibly could be a ‘Dreamer’ if it was more towards the 7-year mark
He ‘blacked out’ and attacked her after she threatened to call the police unless he left her alone. Rivera was identified by surveillance footage obtained in the last couple of weeks from someone’s home.
It showed him following the student in his car and Mollie running ahead of him. It is not yet clear how Mollie died. Rivera told police that after seeing her, he pulled over and parked his car to get out and run with her. Mollie grabbed her phone and threatened to call the police before running off ahead. The suspect said that made him ‘panic’ and he chased after her.
That’s when he ‘blacked out.’
He claims he remembers nothing from then until he was back in his car, driving. He then noticed one of her earphones sitting on his lap and blood in the car then remembered he’d stuffed her in the truck. Rivera drove her then to a corn field where he hauled her body out of the truck and hid her beneath corn stalks.
He was arrested on Friday after police honed in on his vehicle by viewing surveillance footage obtained from a private resident’s home surveillance cameras.
‘He followed her and seemed to be drawn to her on that particular day. For whatever reason he chose to abduct her,’ Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation special agent Rick Ryan said on Tuesday afternoon.