Daron Dylon Wint, 34, the prime suspect in a Washington quadruple murder, was arrested Thursday night, a week after four members of a wealthy family including their housekeeper was killed in their mansion, which was later set on fire.
Wint was arrested by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force at 11 p.m., Thursday in Northeast Washington. He was charged with first-degree felony murder while armed. District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier confirmed Wint’s arrest.
He was arrested almost 12 hours after a news conference in which police informed that they were searching for the suspect in Brooklyn where he has relatives and friends.
Police have not yet revealed the reason why Wint killed 46-year-old Savvas Savopoulo, his 47-year-old wife Amy, their 10-year-old son Philip and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa. Investigators said that three of them have been beaten up before being set on fire.
In 2009, Wint was found guilty of second-degree assault in Maryland and was sentenced to prison for 30 days. Jail records also show that he pleaded guilty in 2010 to malicious devastation of property.
Born and brought up in Guyana, Wint, a certified welder, once worked at American Iron Works, in which Savopoulos was the chief executive. He later moved to the United States in 2000.
Savopoulos was a martial arts instructor who planned to set up a studio in northern Virginia. He lived in a highly protected $4.5-million home in Woodley Park, a Washington district.