NEW YORK CITY — The man wanted for killing and burning a Washington, D.C. family of three and their housekeeper was arrested in D.C. Friday morning.
Authorities had swooped on a Brooklyn address Thursday, thinking he was with his girlfriend. Sources now think he was never hiding in the city.
Daron Dylon Wint, 34, fled Washington May 14 after tying up and stabbing to death Savvas Savopoulos, 46, his wife, Amy, 47, their son Philip, 10, and their housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, 57, then setting the family's home ablaze, D.C. authorities said.
His girlfriend, who lives in Canarsie and was questioned by D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department and NYPD detectives, initially said that she spent time with Wint after the attack and thought when he left her that he was going to turn himself in, sources said.
However, after talking to her for several hours, authorities no longer believe Wint was ever in Canarsie.
Investigators tracked down Wint's girlfriend, whose name was not released, through phone records.
Police believe the four victims were held overnight, may have been bound at some point and that three of them had wounds from sharp-objects or blunt force, according to reports.
Savopoulos, the president and CEO of American Iron Works, had his assistant drop off $40,000 at the house several hours before it was consumed by flames, according to reports.
Officials identified Wint as a suspect by DNA they found on a Domino’s pizza crust from a pie that had been delivered to the victim’s house on May 13, according to reports.
Wint had once worked at American Iron Works, D.C Police Chief Cathy Lanier said.
"Even his family has made pleas for him to turn himself in," Lanier said at a Thursday press conference.
A friend of Veralicia Figueroa is raising money to send her body back to her husband and two children in El Salvador, according a GoFundMe campaign.
"She was a lovely woman; hard working, happy and adored by everyone who met her," her longtime friend, Nelitza Guttierrez who is raising funds wrote on the page. "She’d come to the United States from El Salvador to earn money before planning to retire next year."