Internet celebrity “Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker” has been arrested in Philadelphia on suspicion of the murder of an elderly New Jersey man.
Authorities had issued an arrest warrant for Kai, real name Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, in connection with the homicide of Joseph Galfy, Jr., a lawyer from Clark, N.J. in Union County.
Police located Kai at a Philadelphia Center City bus station earlier today. He had been last seen at a PATCO light rail station near Haddonfield, New Jersey, and had allegedly cut his hair to conceal his real identity.
Galfy, 73, was found dead at his Union County home on Monday after police were called to check on his well being. An autopsy performed on Tuesday determined that he died as a result of blunt force trauma Sunday night, and Kai reportedly is the prime suspect. “The two met in Times Square Saturday and returned to Galfy’s Clark, NJ, home where McGillvary spent the night, said [Union County] prosecutor Theodore Romankow.” A Facebook posting by Kai apparently suggested that he had been drugged and raped at the home.
Kai (who also goes by Kai Lawrence) will be extradited to New Jersey within the next couple of days. He’s being held on $3 million bail.
Kai the “surfer dude” rose to fame earlier this year when he used his hatchet to stop a “crazed” man who had attacked a black utility worker and then allegedly threatened two women in Fresno, California. The women credited Kai with saving their lives.
At the time of his internet fame following the Fresno incident, which included a “smash, smash, smash” video remix of his media interviews, Kai referred to himself as “homefree” rather than homeless.