Daron Wint has been arrested in connection with the quadruple murders in Washington, D.C. The Maryland man who was wanted as a suspect in the murders of a wealthy D.C. family and a housekeeper was arrested on Thursday night around 11 p.m. Before Wint was arrested, he became a suspect after his DNA was found on a Domino’s pizza crust, according to People.
Wint, 34, was taken into custody on first-degree murder charges in 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 bodies were found when firefighters responded to a fire at the mansion around 1:30 p.m. on May 14. All three of the adult victims were found dead in chairs and had been doused with gasoline. The Savopoulos’ 10-year-old son, Philip, was found in bed, burned beyond recognition with lacerations on his body. It appeared that he had been tortured before he was killed.
‘”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.”
Police Chief Cathy Lanier said that investigators have not ruled out that there could be others involved in the murder and arson case. Five others, including Wint’s brother, were taken into custody along with Wint.
Following the arrest, the Savopoulos family issued a statement.
“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.”
Authorities say the murders weren’t random. Investigators discovered that Wint worked for Savvas Savopoulos for at least 10 years as a laborer at American Iron Works where Savopoulos was the owner and CEO.
WTOP reported that Robert Fernandez, of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, says that after Wint was identified on Wednesday as the suspect in the killing of the Savopoulos family and their housekeeper, about 50 to 60 officers were involved in the search for Wint.
According to court records, Wint has an extensive criminal history ranging from traffic violations, domestic violence, burglary, and assault. Wint’s attorney says authorities have the wrong guy. Even though Wint has been in trouble with the law, he would never commit murder.
If Wint’s lawyer is correct, how did Wint’s DNA get on the pizza crust that led to his arrest?
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