WASHINGTON (WJZ)–New details in the horrifying mansion murder that left a family and their housekeeper dead. The man suspected of torching their home is now in police custody, but investigators don’t believe he’s the only suspect.
Rick Ritter has the latest on the investigation.
Chilling court documents say Daron Wint held the family captive for almost 24 hours–torturing them–before setting their home on fire. Police are confident Wint didn’t act alone.
It’s a heinous crime that turned the stomachs of many, but after a week-long manhunt Daron Wint is now behind bars.
Thursday night in D.C. police stop a white Chevy and a large box truck just behind it, taking Wint, 3 men and two other women into custody. Inside the truck, large sums of cash.
“We blocked it in the front back and sides, there was no way he could get out,” said Commander Rob Fernandez, U.S. Marshals Service.
On Friday, the 34-year-old said little in a D.C. courtroom.
New documents show Wint is charged with the quadruple slaying of a prominent CEO, his wife, young son and housekeeper and then torching their upscale D.C. home.
Documents say 10-year-old Phillip Savopoulos died alone–stabbed and burned by a fire started in his room. His parents and housekeeper all died in the adjacent bedroom.
While the family was held captive, court documents say Amy Savopoulus called Dominos, charged pizzas to her credit card, but asked the driver to place them on the porch and leave.
The next morning Savvas Savopolous called business associates at his company American Iron Works and had employees drive to a local bank and withdraw $40,000—later dropping the money off at Savopolous’ house.
Investigators say the hostages were killed a few hours later.
Charging documents list an address for Wint at apartments in Lanham.
Neighbors here are stunned to know the prime suspect in this horrific crime lived right in their area.
“Like people always say, you don’t expect it to be that close to home,” one neighbor said.
But Wint’s former lawyer believes police have the wrong guy.
“I know him to be a kind, gentle, non-aggressive person,he’s not the guy who did this,” said Robin Ficker.
The DNA that linked Wint to the murders came from an unfinished slice of pizza.
Investigators say gasoline could be smelled throughout the house and several matches were found.
A judge denied Wint bail on Friday. He’s due back in court on June 23rd.