D.C. police have issued an arrest warrant for 34-year-old Daron Dylon Wint. He is wanted on a charge of first-degree murder while armed in connection to the deaths of 46-year-old Savvas Savopoulos, his wife, 47-year-old Amy Savopoulos, their 10-year-old son Philip, and their 57-year-old housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa.
Wint is described as a black male, about 5'7" tall and weighing around 155 pounds.
At a news conference Thursday afternoon, D.C. police said they believe the suspect is in the Brooklyn area. Police Chief Cathy Lanier also said this was not a random crime. The suspect was connected to the victims through the family's business.
Late Wednesday night, police from D.C. and Prince George's County were seen outside a Lanham, Maryland, home where it is believed Wint lives with his father.
Two people came out of the home Thursday morning and went into a D.C. police investigator's car, FOX 5's Annie Yu reported.
A neighbor told FOX 5 that he saw Wint shortly after the homicide. The neighbor said Wint, who he described as quiet, was "hanging out" on the front porch.
According to court records, Wint has an extensive criminal history ranging from traffic violations, domestic violence, burglary and assault.
FOX 5 has learned that a Domino's pizza delivery was made just before midnight at the Savopoulos' house on May 13, the night before the victims were found dead. The delivery man says he left two pizzas at the front door and there was an envelope with cash left outside.
The break in the case occurred after police matched Wint to DNA on the crust of a pizza found in the home, according to law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation.
Police would not say if Wint is the same individual as the person of interest seen in surveillance video released by authorities.
The surveillance video shows a person who police believe may have been driving a blue 2008 Porsche 911 that belonged to the Savopoulos family. The car, with D.C. license plate DK2418, was seen at the home at 10:30 a.m. on May 14 before the fire. It was found later that night, around 5 p.m., after it had been set on fire and abandoned in the 8000 block of Annapolis Road in New Carrollton, Md. The person of interest was seen running in the area carrying an object in the right hand.
Earlier on Wednesday, FOX 5's Paul Wagner reported a large amount of money was scheduled to be delivered at the Savopoulos' D.C. home last week.
According to Nelitza Gutierrez, a housekeeper working for the Savopoulos family, $40,000 in cash was to be delivered to the house on Woodland Drive on May 14, the day the bodies were found after a fire.
In an off-camera interview, Gutierrez says an assistant was scheduled to drop off the cash to be used for the opening of a martial arts center in Chantilly, Virginia. The housekeeper says she spoke with the person who was supposed to make the delivery and he confirmed he dropped it off at the house that morning.
Gutierrez is the same housekeeper who received a text message on the morning of May 14 telling her not to come to the Savopoulos' home because the family was sick.
According to Wagner, sources familiar with the crime scene say that three of the adult victims were all found dead in chairs and were doused with gasoline.
The Savopoulos' 10-year-old son, Philip, was found in bed, burned beyond recognition and with lacerations to his body.
Firefighters responded to the home on May 14 at around 1:30 p.m. Once inside, crews found the bodies of the four victims.
Based on the timeline established by Gutierrez and the husband of Figueroa, investigators believe the victims were held against their will from Wednesday night to Thursday morning last week, and Savvas Savopoulos was alive Thursday morning and called the housekeeper's husband after he knocked on the front door of the house looking for her. Savvas told the man that his wife and Amy were at the hospital and then hung up the phone.
Officers are still seeking information from anyone who saw the car during the time it went missing from the home.
Anyone with information about Wint is asked to call police at 202-727-9099. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said there is a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.
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