A Maryland man wanted in the murders of a wealthy D.C. family and their housekeeper has been taken into custody in Northeast D.C., authorities say.
Daron Dylon Wint was arrested Thursday at around 11 p.m. in the 1000 block of Rhode Island Avenue, D.C. police say.
UPDATE: Court documents released Friday provide new details, including that investigators believe Wint and "others" were involved in the murders. Click here to read the newest information in the case.
Wint was sought 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. The four were found dead inside the family's burning home one week ago.
Commander Rob Fernandez of the U.S. Marshals Service said members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force located Wint at a Howard Johnson hotel parking lot on Route 1 in College Park, Maryland.
Wint was a passenger in a white Chevy Cruze vehicle that left the hotel parking lot following a box truck. Authorities tailed the vehicles to Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast D.C. where they were able to block in the vehicles. Multiple people were taken into custody along with Wint.
A federal source tells FOX 5's Paul Wagner that Wint's brother was part of the group that was apprehended and he was in the box truck where a large amount of cash was found.
The search for Wint spanned as far as New York as a joint fugitive task force that included U.S. Marshals and the New York City Police Department were all assisting in trying to locate him. During the search, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said in a Thursday afternoon news conference that Wint may have been in the Brooklyn area.
Fernandez said Thursday night after Wint's arrest that investigators had tracked Wint to New York City on Wednesday night, but they "barely missed him."
Following the arrest, a statement was issued from the Savopoulos Family:
"We are thankful to law enforcement who have worked so diligently to bring about an arrest in this case. 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. We are blessed to live in a community comprised of close circles of friends who have supported us and grieve with us. We are grateful, as well, to the men and women of the fire department for their professionalism and caring.Our family, and Vera's family, have suffered unimaginable loss, and we ask for the time and space to grieve privately."
Lanier: Police believe Wint has connection to Savopoulos family business
Chief Lanier said it is believed there is a direct connection between Wint and the Savopoulos family. Lanier said investigators believe Wint may have worked for Savvas Savopoulos at some point at his business, American Iron Works. She did not give any other specific details about the relationship, other than to say that for those who live in the neighborhood, it does not appear to be a random crime.
A source familiar with the employment records at American Iron Works, Wint worked for the company at least ten years ago as a laborer.
Lanier also revealed that investigators do believe Wint is the person of interest seen in surveillance video released by police last weekend. Police said that person of interest may have been driving a blue 2008 Porsche 911 that belonged to the Savopoulos family. The car was seen at the home at 10:30 a.m. on May 14 before the fire, and it was found later that night, after it had been set on fire and abandoned in the 8000 block of Annapolis Road in New Carrollton, Md. The person of interest, whom Lanier now says is Wint, was seen running in the area carrying an object in the right hand.
Chief Lanier declined to comment on any specific evidence related to the case at this time. She did say that said investigators have not ruled out that there could be others involved in the case.
Wint seen outside his home after murder
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.
DNA on pizza crust leads police to suspect
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.
$40,000 delivered to family's home
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.
Sources detail how victims were found
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.