Pizza helped police identify the suspect in the gruesome DC murders that left a mansion — a few blocks away from Vice President Joe Biden’s residence — on fire and four people dead.
Late Wednesday, Washington D.C. police issued a warrant for the arrest of the DC murders suspect identified as 34-year-old Daron Dylon Wint. The individual is charged with first degree murder while armed, however, police do not know his whereabouts at this time, according to the police chief, Cathy Lanier.
Three members of a family, Savvas Savopoulos, 46; Amy Savopoulos, 47; their 10-year-old son, Philip; and a housekeeper identified as Veralicia Figueroa, 57, were found dead on the second floor of their burning home in northwest Washington, DC on May 14. Police have not released a motive for the DC murders, but they believe it was money.
A source close to the investigation told CNN, “Whoever was in the house was looking for money.” Another source told the network that the person who set the DC mansion on fire got away with $40,000.
The Washington Post and the local NBC station reported that one of Savopoulos’ employees came to the DC mansion during the incident and dropped off the money contained in a package. According to a source, the victims were found bound with duct tape, held against their will overnight, and killed sometime on May 14.
The DC murders victims suffered blunt force trauma, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation, CNN reports, and authorities believe the four victims were killed prior to the mansion being set on fire. At least one of the dead had signs of having been tortured.
WTTG reported late Wednesday afternoon that police visited a home in Lanham, Maryland where they think the DC murders suspect lives with his father. Wint has an extensive criminal history that includes traffic violations and charges for domestic violence, burglary, and assault, the report adds.
Three separate sources told the Washington Post police were able to tie the DC murders suspect to the murder scene by analyzing DNA from a Domino’s pizza crust that had been ordered to the house on the night of May 13. The delivery man told WTTG that he delivered two pizzas to the house and was paid with cash left in an envelope outside the front door.
Sources close to the investigation told WTTG that Savvas and Amy Savopoulos, as well as Figueroa, were all found dead in chairs and were doused with gasoline. Philip Savopoulos was found in his bed, burned beyond recognition and with lacerations to his body.
On Thursday, the Washington, DC police chief asked for the public’s help in locating the DC murders suspect, Daron Dylon Wint.
UPDATE: According to Fox News, the suspect knew his way around the house and altered the security system. It is unclear if the DC murders suspect had been inside the home previously or someone gave him the information. However, the police chief said authorities believe there is a connection between the suspect and the family business.
[Image via Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department]