Daron Dylan Wint, a 34-year-old suspect in a quadruple homicide in an upscale Washington, D.C. neighborhood, was taken into custody Thursday night (May 21). According to local outlets, a partially eaten pizza crust gave investigators enough DNA evidence to pursue Wint and arrest him on the murder charges.
Last week, police arrived at the torched mansion of 46-year-old Washington business owner Savvas Savopoulos. Inside they discovered the body of Savopoulos, his 47-year-old wife Amy, the couple’s 10-year-old boy Philip, and 57-year-old family housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa.
As reported by the Washington Post, Wint was a former employee of Savopoulos’ American Iron Works construction company and has a record of past violent offenses. Washington authorities announced Wint as a chief suspect after DNA evidence collected from a pizza delivered to the residence on May 13 led to the big break in the case. A massive manhunt was launched to find Wint, stretching far north to Brooklyn where police thought he may have fled. Wint was arrested in Northeast Washington after police tracked him from Maryland.
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Federal marshals had been tracking Wint on Thursday night from College Park as he traveled in a white Chevrolet Cruze, a police official said. The suspect was traveling with two women, and one of them was driving. The Cruze was following a white box truck, which had two black males inside. At least one of the men was believed to be a relative of Wint’s, the official said.
Both vehicles were stopped by marshals near 10th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NE, the official said. Police found at least $10,000 in cash in the box truck, and the women in the Cruze and the men in the box truck were taken into custody, the source said.
Local outlets such as WRC and WJLA report that Savopoulos’ assistant allegedly dropped off $40,000 in cash the morning after the pizza delivery to the residence. There was also evidence that the family and housekeeper were bound and gagged before they were killed with an object via blunt force. A Porsche owned by the family was also found burned in nearby Prince George’s County in Maryland.
Photo: Metropolitan Police Department