WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Major new developments in the brutal murders of a Washington, D.C. businessman, his wife, ten-year-old son and a housekeeper inside their home.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier tells CBS News Daron Wint — the man wanted in connection with the crimes — was taken into custody late Thursday night.
WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren with more on the suspect and what led police to search for him.
Police connected a man from Maryland, Daron Wint, to the murders of a wealthy family through DNA he left on a pizza he ordered while holding them hostage in their mansion.
Sources say he tortured the youngest victim — ten-year-old Phillip Savopoulos.
“All of us are focused on finding the perpetrator of this act of evil,” said D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Investigators say Wint once worked for Phillip’s dad, Savvas Savopoulos, at his Maryland-based company — American Iron Works.
Police searched Wint’s parent’s home in Lanham, Prince George’s County — just a short drive from where they found the victims’ burning Porsche. Police say surveillance video shows Wint running from that scene.
“Right now, it does not appear this was just a random crime, but there is a connection through the business of the suspect and the Savopoulos family business,” said Chief Cathy Lanier, Metropolitan Police Department.
Sources say Wint ordered a pizza from a Domino’s store a few miles away and had it delivered to the mansion. ATF officials confirm his DNA was on one of the slices.
“It’s an ongoing investigation. We can confirm that we did deliver to the residence that evening and have worked with the police fully,” said Nico Castillas, Domino’s Pizza.
Sources say Wint bound the adults and doused them in gasoline. Housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa was among the victims. Her husband came to the mansion looking for her.
“Yeah. The Porsche was on the street. And then I was knocking on the door over there in the front, and I was knocking and knocking and ringing the bell,” he said. “And my feeling, it was that somebody was inside.”
Wint has a lengthy criminal record. Authorities believe the motive for the killings involves money.
Sources say $40,000 in cash was delivered to the front door of the Savoloupos’ mansion before the murders.