Daron Dylon Wint, the 34-year-old man wanted in connection with the quadruple homicide of businessman Savvas Savopoulos, his wife Amy, their 10-year-old son Philip and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, was arrested in Northeast D.C. on Thursday, a week after their bodies were first found.
Wint was taken into custody in Northeast D.C. on Thursday night Chief Cathy Lanier confirmed to WUSA 9.
The news came after reports on CNN that Wint was planning to surrender to authorities, who had been hunting for him since late Wednesday evening when he was first identified thanks to DNA taken from a pizza crust found at the scene of the crime.
The bodies of the three Savopouloses and Figueroa were discovered last Thursday after authorities responded to a house fire in Washington, D.C.’s upscale Woodley Park neighborhood.
The deaths were immediately deemed “suspicious,” but police did not make a break in the case until they tested the pizza crust following reports that the killer (or killers) had ordered food for delivery while the family was held captive.
Police revealed that Wint was believed to have fled the D.C. area by bus and was thought to have been heading for the Brooklyn-New York area, where his girlfriend lives.
Authorities picked up the girlfriend, who has not been identified, on Thursday and took her in for questioning.
Police have yet to release a motive for the slayings, though they did say they were not random acts of violence. Wint previously worked for Savopoulos’ company, American Iron Works, and knew the family he’s accused of torturing and killing.
Wint was wanted for first-degree murder. Police do not believe he acted alone.
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