Daron Dylon Wint, the man suspected in a quadruple murder at a Washington, D.C. mansion, was taken into custody on Thursday night, police said.
Wint, 34, was arrested at 11 p.m. on Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast Washington, Metropolitan Police said. He is charged with first degree felony murder while armed. Members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force made the arrest. He is slated to be arraigned later today.
Wint was named by Metropolitan Police as the suspect in the murders after his DNA was found on the crust of a Domino's pizza that had been delivered to the house, authorities said.
Savvas Savopoulos and his wife Amy, their 10-year-old son Phillip and longtime housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa were found dead on May 14.
Robert Fernandez, Commander of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, says Wint's arrest occurred after officers trailed two vehicles leaving a Maryland hotel. The capture apparently followed a missed opportunity for an arrest.
“We tracked him up to New York City and we barely missed him,” Fernandez said.
“It was a very fluid situation. We were planning on figuring out where he was in the hotel and then taking him down. When we were approaching, we realized he was in a vehicle.”
Investigators believe the home invasion was not random.
"We do believe there is a connection between this suspect in this case through the business," Police Chief Cathy Lanier said.
Savopoulos was the CEO of American Iron Works, which specializes in steel and iron manufacturing. Wint was previously an employee of the company.
Authorities have not ruled out more than one person being involved in the crime.
Following the arrest, the Savopoulos family released a statement today, saying, "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."