Police have captured the man suspected of torturing and killing a wealthy family and their housekeeper before setting their mansion alight a week ago.
Daron Wint, 34, had been wanted in the murders of American Iron Works CEO Savvas Savopoulos, his wife Amy, 10-year-old son Philip and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, who were all found murdered in their Washington D.C. home on May 14.
The dramatic arrest just before 11.30pm on Thursday came after US Marshals located Wint at a Howard Johnson Inn hotel in Maryland, authorities said.
When they moved in to arrest him they saw him leave the parking lot in a white Chevrolet Cruze with two women. It seemed to be traveling with a Ford box truck, authorities said.
After tailing the vehicles with the help of a helicopter, the officers cornered them and their occupants on Rhode Island Avenue near 12th Street in Washington, DC.
The truck was allegedly filled with $10,000 cash.
As well as Wint, authorities arrested three other males – including his brother – and two females in the car and the truck, according to Robert Fernandez, commander of the U.S. Marshal Service’s Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force.
They were taken into custody without incident.
‘We believe he saw himself on the news and just took off,’ Fernandez said.
Wint is expected to make his first appearance in D.C. Superior Court on Friday afternoon.
Following the arrests, the Savopoulos family released a statement expressing their relief.
‘We are thankful to law enforcement who have worked so diligently to bring about an arrest in this case,’ the statement said.
‘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.’
The arrests end a week-long search in an investigation that still has more questions than answers.
Wint, who had previously worked for Savopoulos’ company, is suspected of holding the victims captive overnight.
Police believe they were tied up, doused in gasoline and tortured in an attempt to extort money from Mr Savopoulos, the head of the major industrial company.
Three of the four bodies had brute force head injuries and smelled of gasoline when they were found after their home went up in flames on Thursday.
When emergency responders and police arrived on the scene, $40,000 in cash that Savopoulos’ assistant had dropped off that morning and the family’s Porsche were missing.
The couple’s two teenage daughters survived as they were away at boarding school at the time.
Wint was identified as the suspect on Wednesday night after police found his DNA on a pizza crust at the scene. The killer or killers had ordered pizza to the house while holding the family hostage.
A person of interest was seen on surveillance footage that authorities released last week, but they have said they do not believe it shows Wint.
Following the murders, Wint was seen hanging out on the porch of his father’s Maryland home, neighbors told Daily Mail Online.
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