A suspect has been identified by police in a brutal and terrible quadruple murder in Washington D.C. Police didn’t end up using any kind of hard evidence or weapons found, or even surveillance footage, but technology did come into play. The police found DNA on the crust of a Domino’s Pizza that was delivered to the house as the victims were held hostage inside.
The NY Daily News reported that 34-year-old Daron Dylon Wint, from Maryland, is now wanted for first-degree murder while armed.
The pizza was delivered to the Washington, D.C., home of Savva Savopoulos last Wednesday night. On May 14, the bodies of the 46-year-old executive, his 47-year-old wife, Amy, their 10-year-old son, Philip, and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa were found. A fire had been set to the home.
Police were able to determine that the four had been killed before the fire was set. Three were either stabbed or bludgeoned to death, but also bound during the night they were held captive.
On the morning that the home had been set on fire, the personal assistant of Savopoulos dropped off some items to the mansion. One of the items was a package that contained $40,000 in cash. Hours later, the house was in flame.
Police learned the cash was gone, and so was a blue Porsche that was owned by the family. The Porsche was found later in the day in a church parking lot in Prince George’s County, and it had also been set on fire.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Wint, but there has been no information as to the motive for the killings. Police would also not reveal whether or not Wint actually knew the Savopoulos family or their housekeeper.
Gawker reports that Wint had ordered a Domino’s pizza sometime on Wednesday night, and that was what led police to making him their suspect.
“The break in the case that has transfixed the region came after police matched Wint to DNA found on the crust of a Domino’s pizza that had been ordered to the house the night of May 13, as the victims were being held, according to three law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation.”
Police have said that the home was not broken into, and that means they may have known their killer or killers. Authorities have also been trying to contact the assistant, but determined that he was at least 30 miles away at the time the fire was set.
At this time, it’s still trying to be determined when the family spoke with house staff to determine when they were last safe. Another housekeeper received a text just before 10 a.m. on Thursday morning, saying, “I am making sure you do not come today.”
A Washington, D.C., family has been murdered, but there may end up being some justice for them, and that is thanks to DNA left on a Domino’s Pizza crust. Police are asking that if anyone knows anything about the case, or Daron Dylon Wint, to contact them at 202-727-9099.
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