3 Men, 2 Women Arrested Alongside Mansion Murders Suspect in Washington, D.C.
Five others who were traveling with Daron Dylon Wint were taken into custody late Thursday night
Five other individuals have been arrested in the Washington, D.C., mansion murders.
Daron Dylon Wint, 34, was apprehended late Thursday night in Northeast D.C. in connection with the quadruple homicide of businessman Savvas Savopoulos, his wife Amy, their 10-year-old son Philip and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, a week after their bodies were first found following a fire at their home.
Now, three men and two women have been arrested along with Wint, CNN reports. There’s no word yet whether these people were also involved in the murders.
“We tracked him up to New York City and barely missed him last night,” Cmdr. Robert Fernandez with the U.S. Marshals Service told CNN of Wint’s arrest.
Police tracked Wint, who previously worked for Savopoulos’ company, American Iron Works, to a Howard Johnson hotel in College Park, Maryland, on Thursday. Wint, who was leaving the hotel as authorities arrived, hopped in a car and drove off.
Twenty task force vehicles and a helicopter trailed him for five miles before they finally surrounded him. Wint was in the back of a Chevy Cruze, with another individual at the wheel. A small box truck was also traveling with the car Wint was in. Police arrested all five of the individuals traveling with Wint.
Earlier on Thursday, Wint’s girlfriend had allegedly told police that he would turn himself in to authorities, but that did not happen.
Meanwhile, the Savopoulos family issued a statement to CNN thanking law enforcement for their efforts over the past week. “While it does not abate our pain, we hope that it begins to restore a sense of calm and security to our neighborhood and to our city,” they said.
Wint’s former attorney, Robin Ficker, insists that he believes the 34-year-old is innocent. “He is a very nice person,” Ficker tells PEOPLE. “He is charming. Gentle. Patriotic. He tried to join the Marines. He is not violent. He is the last person I’d ever think would be involved in this crime, or in any violent crime. I would be shocked if he had anything to do with it.”
He adds that he believes police made up any charges against Wint in this case. “I think the police went over a list of the employees at [Savopoulos’] company, and found anyone who had criminal charges in the past,” he says. “They made it up.”
• Reporting by SUSAN KEATING
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