Police identify suspect in slaying of wealthy DC family

Daron Dylon Wint, 34, seen in this undated police handout, is wanted in connection with a quadruple homicide which occurred, May 14, 2015, in northwest Washington. (Metropolitan Police Department)

WASHINGTON (AP/NBC) — Police have identified a suspect in a home invasion murder in Washington, D.C., after DNA from a pizza crust was found in the house. The major break came after the pizza crust was left at the crime scene, and the manhunt has intensified early Thursday morning.

A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigator walks out of the fire-damaged multimillion-dollar home in northwest Washington, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, where four people were found dead May 14. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo)
A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigator walks out of the fire-damaged multimillion-dollar home in northwest Washington, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, where four people were found dead May 14. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo)

Washington, D.C., police issued a news release late Wednesday saying they are looking for a man identified as 34-year-old Daron Dylon Wint in connection with last Thursday’s quadruple homicide — the mysterious slayings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper inside their multimillion-dollar home. Police have issued an arrest warrant charging Wint with first-degree murder.

Authorities offered no further details, and have previously released very little information about who might have killed the family or why. 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.

NBC national correspondent Peter Alexander reports a source close to the family says Savopoulos’ assistant delivered $40,000 cash to the home, the money withdrawn from an account at American Iron Works — where Savopoulos was CEO. Savopoulos reportedly called his office the morning of May 14 asking his assistant to deliver the cash.

When firefighters arrived at the house that afternoon, investigators say the $40,000 was gone — along with the family’s Porsche. The car was later found abandoned and torched 14 miles away.

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