May 21, 2015 12:02 AM
Police identify suspect in slaying of wealthy DC family
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) Police identified a suspect late Wednesday in the mysterious slayings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper inside their multimillion-dollar home.
The man, who was still at large, was identified as 34-year-old Daron Dylon Wint. An arrest warrant has been issued for Wint on charges of first-degree murder, the Metropolitan Police Department said in a news release.
Maryland court records indicate that a Daron Wint, who is the same age as the suspect, was convicted in 2009 of second-degree assault and sentenced to 30 days in jail. A Darin Dylon Wint was 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.
Police did not immediately return a request for comment on whether the two men are one and the same, or on the discrepancy in the spelling of the first name. Police Chief Cathy Lanier did not immediately respond to an email seeking more information about Wint, why he was identified as a suspect, and whether he knew the family.
Authorities 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.
Voicemails and text messages to household staff suggest that something was amiss at the home for many hours before the bodies were found. A Porsche belonging to the family was later found set on fire in a parking lot in suburban Maryland. The Maryland court records show that Daron Wint and Darin Dylon Wint are from Lanham, Maryland, which is near where the car was found.
Another housekeeper, Nelitza Gutierrez, says she thinks someone invaded the home.