Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, who was charged for the murder of University of Iowa rising sophomore Mollie Tibbetts told authorities he spotted the 20-year-old during her routine jog and decided to snatch her because she was “hot,” according to court documents obtained exclusively by RadarOnline.com.
The most recent filing contains new revelations in the case that riveted the nation, including the potential motive behind the heinous crime.
“After initially denying he had seen Tibbetts, the Defendant then admits he saw her running at the point last seen, that he turned around to see her again, and thought she was ‘hot,’” the court documents reveal. “The Defendant identifies himself as being present at the point last seen and indicates he was attracted to Tibbetts.”
As Radar readers know, Tibbetts’ disappearance prompted international attention after authorities from both the federal and state level searched for the missing local who vanished while out for a jog in her of Brooklyn, Ia., on July.
Authorities discovered Tibbetts’ remains on Aug. 21, 2018 after Rivera led them to the cornfield where he stated he dumped her.
Radar previously reported that Rivera supposedly terrorized other women in the secluded town of Brooklyn, Ia., before allegedly kidnapping and murdering Tibbetts.
“He followed my girlfriend twice in the same exact black Malibu,” Justin, a neighbor revealed to Radar. “I remember her calling me when she noticed how slow he was driving by in circles, turning around the block to keep up with her several times on her walk home.”
What’s more, the new filing reveals Rivera allegedly swindled taxpayers for $8 thousand for an interpreter, but court documents indicate not only can he speak English, but also mingles with other jailbirds.
“Jail staff have reported that the Defendant communicates effectively in both English and Spanish,” the explosive documents reveal. “When having conversations with the Defendant in English, he appears to clearly understand the conversation and is able to appropriately participate and communicate with jail staff who do not speak Spanish.”
Rivera is being held at the Poweshiek County Jail in lieu of $5 million cash bond. His next court date is June 20 and the trial is set to begin on Sept. 3.