The man suspected of torturing and killing a wealthy CEO, his wife, their son and their housekeeper has been identified after his DNA was found on a pizza crust at the scene of the murders.
Authorities named the suspect as Daron Dylon Wint, 34, who has previously been charged with sexual assault, theft and weapon possession, and are now trying to find him.
The Maryland man is wanted in the murders of Savvas Savopoulos, 46, his wife Amy, 47, their 10-year-old son Philip and their housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, 57, who were found dead inside the $4.5 million D.C. mansion after it was set alight last Thursday.
Detectives do not know where Wint is and it is not clear whether he was connected to the family.
‘He’s very hostile,’ an unidentified family member told ABC News of the suspect. ‘He’s arrogant. He doesn’t listen.’
Police have appealed to the public for help finding Wint, who is from Lanham, Maryland, which is about 15 miles from the Savopouloses’ home. He is described as a black male, approximately 5’7″ tall and weighing about 155 pounds.
An arrest warrant, issued by DC Superior Court, charges him with murder one while armed. Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and conviction.
Maryland court records show a person with his name was convicted in 2009 of second-degree assault and sentenced to 30 days in jail.
He was also charged with burglary in 2010 and pleaded guilty to malicious destruction of property, and a protective order also was taken out against him that year, the records show.
Over the years, he has gone by the names Daron, Darron, Davon.
According to his Facebook page, he graduated from Parkdale High School in Riverdale, Maryland in 1996. He then graduated Prince George’s Community College in 2002 and is now ‘self-employed’.
The development comes after police discovered the killer ordered two pizzas from a local Domino’s as the family was tortured inside their mansion.
Members of staff at the Wisconsin Avenue branch two miles away confirmed to Daily Mail Online that they took the order on Wednesday evening and dispatched the food.
The pizzas were delivered to the home at 9pm and left at the front door, Fox5 reported. The deliveryman said cash was left for him outside the door and he spoke to no one.
Around 7am the next morning, Savopoulos made a number of calls, including to his bank and his accountant, ABC News reported.
Then later that morning, an assistant for Savopoulos – who was the CEO of American Iron Works, Inc. – visited the home before the blaze.
The assistant, who has not been named, dropped off a $40,000 package to his boss’ home as the family members were inside, law enforcement officials told the Washington Post.
The killers knew that the money was due to be delivered to the house last Thursday, Fox5 reported.
Nelitza Gutierrez, another housekeeper working for the family, said Mr Savopoulos needed the cash for one of his other business ventures, the opening of a martial arts center in Chantilly, Virginia.
It is not known if the assistant was aware of what the package contained and records show he was in Virginia when the blaze was started, the Post reported.
By the time firefighters arrived at the house on Thursday afternoon, the package and the couple’s blue Porsche had vanished. The car was found in a Maryland parking lot later that afternoon.
The four bodies were discovered on the second floor of the house. At least three had suffered blunt force trauma before the blaze, police have said, and the fire is being treated as an arson.
Investigators found no signs of forced entry and believe the suspects were able to gain access to the home on Wednesday and stayed overnight as they knew how the family ‘lived their day-to-day lives’.
FOX 5 reported that the suspects tortured at least three of the hostages – including 10-year-old go-karting fanatic, Philip.
The station, quoting sources familiar with the scene, said the adults were tied to chairs and had been doused in gasoline while the little boy was found in bed. He had been burned beyond recognition and had lacerations to his body.
Footage from the area police released on Saturday night revealed a man dressed in a dark hooded top moving quickly behind a building.
Police have not yet said whether they think this is person is Wint. They believe the person in the footage could have taken the Porsche belonging to the family.
Records show friends and relatives tried to reach the victims on Thursday before they were found dead, according to the Washington Post.
Both Savopouloses sent text messages and voicemails to their second housekeeper telling her not to come to their home to clean on Thursday, which had been her normal routine.
Nelitza Gutierrez, who had worked for the family for 20 years, told the Post the series of messages left her thinking something was amiss with her employers.
She told police that Savvas left a message saying Figueroa was staying overnight to help because his wife was sick and his son had suffered a concussion. He asked Gutierrez to make sure Figueroa’s family knew not to expect her home that evening.
Gutierrez said she had never known Figueroa to stay overnight.
‘Never, never did she stay over,’ Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez said she called Amy after hearing the message ‘to see if she was OK, but she never answered’.
A $25,000 reward has been offered in the brutal quadruple slaying, which unfolded in one of the city’s wealthiest – and safest – neighborhoods.
The Savopoulos family had lived in the sprawling property on the 3200 block of Woodland Drive since 2002.
They also have a $240,000 two-bedroom condo in St Croix in the Virgin Islands.
Ten-year-old Philip was enrolled at $40,000-a-year St Albans School, a prestigious college-preparatory school on Embassy Row next to the Washington National Cathedral, which is visible from his family’s home.
The family’s two older daughters were not at home at the time of the fire, as they both attend elite boarding schools. Abigail, 19, is a senior at the elite Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania. Katerina, 16, is a junior at Peddie School in Highstown, New Jersey.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to all police at (202) 727-9099. Anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.
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