Suspect in wealthy D.C. family deaths believed to be in Brooklyn
WASHINGTON— Investigators believe a suspect in the mysterious slayings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper is in the Brooklyn area of New York City, police said Thursday.
D.C. police Chief Cathy Lanier said at a news conference that her department is in touch with police in New York as they seek 34-year-old Daron Dylon Wint on charges of first-degree murder.
“The suspect is not in our custody, however we will assist the DC authorities in any way we can in the investigation to apprehend the individual,” a police spokesperson told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
When firefighters responded to the house for a fire May 14, they found the slain bodies still inside. Authorities believe the fire was intentionally set. Slain were 46-year-old Savvas Savopoulos; his 47-year-old wife, Amy; their son, Philip; and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa.
Lanier says investigators believe Wint worked for Savvas Savopoulos’ company American Ironworks in the past.
She advised Wint to turn himself in, noting that his family has asked him to do so.
Investigators used DNA analysis conducted at a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms lab to identify Wint, and his name has been known to federal authorities since Tuesday, a law enforcement official involved in the investigation said. His name was released publicly as a suspect Wednesday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.
The U.S. Marshals Service has joined the search for Wint, said Drew Wade, an agency spokesman. Wint had ties to New York, and police there were working with District of Columbia authorities to help track him down, but so far he has not been spotted in the metropolitan area.
Online court records show that Wint was convicted of second-degree assault in Maryland in 2009 and sentenced to 30 days in jail. He also pleaded guilty in 2010 to malicious destruction of property, and a burglary charge in that case was dropped, court records show.
Savopoulos was the CEO of American Iron Works, a construction-materials supplier based in Hyattsville, Maryland, that has been involved in major projects in downtown Washington. Company representatives have repeatedly declined to comment. Savopoulos moonlighted as a martial-arts instructor and a he planned to recently open a new martial arts studio in northern Virginia.
The Savopouloses lived in a $4.5 million home Woodley Park, where mansions are protected by fences and elaborate security systems and local and federal law enforcement officers are a constant presence, in part because Vice President Joe Biden’s official residence is nearby.
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