About a week after the bodies of a wealthy D.C. family and their housekeeper were discovered after a fire in their mansion, an ex-convict who once worked for the businessman and is suspected in the killings has been arrested.
The suspect, Daron Dylon Wint, 34, was arrested at about 22 p.m Thursday, by a fugitive task force and is charged with first-degree murder while armed, D.C. police and the U.S. Marshals service said. He is slated to appear in D.C. Superior Court on Friday.
Details haven’t been released as to why Wint, who moved form U.S. from Guyana in 2000, joined the Marines and later worked as a certified welder before racking up a criminal record, would want to kill 46-year-old Savvas Savopoulos; his 47-year-old wife, Amy; their son, Philip; and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa. Three of the four victims had been stabbed or bludgeoned before the fire.
Following his arrest, Wint showed little emotion. Robert Fernandez commander of the U.S. Marshal Service’s Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force told the Associated Press on Friday.
“He was stoic,” Fernandez said.
Wint had been tracked to the Brooklyn area of New York City, where they barely missed him Wednesday night, Fernandez said.
“We believe he saw himself on the news and just took off,” Fernandez said Investigators then tracked Wint to a Howard Johnson Express Inn in College Park, Maryland, on Thursday night, he said.
A team realised Wint was probably in one of two vehicles in the motel parking lot: a car or a moving truck. The vehicles left together and the team followed as they took a U-turn and a strange route seeming to be lost or trying to shake those who followed, Fernandez said.
Officers eventually got between the two vehicles in northeast Washington and took Wint, three other men and two women into custody, Fernandez said.
“we had overwhelming numbers and force,” Fernandez said. “They completely submitted immediately.”
Fernandez said he noticed a big wad of cash in the moving truck, but he didn’t know how much was there. It was not clear whether that money might have been connected to the Savopoulos family. Fernandez said he did not know whether any weapons were found as the group was taken into custody.
Police said Thursday that they have’t ruled out the possibility that other people were involved in the slayings, but no other suspects have been identified.
Wint previously worked for Savopoulos’ company, “American Iron Works”, in the past, according to police.
The Savopouloses lived in a $4.5 Million home in Woodley Park, where mansions are protected by fences and security systems, as well as a constant presence of law enforcement officers, mostly because Vice President Joe Biden’s official residence is nearby.
During the family’s final hours, someone called Domino’s from their house and ordered pizza. The Washington Post reported that DNA was found on a pizza crust, which was linked to Wint.