Police released the contents discovered in the Chevy Cruze owned by the suspect in the murder of the Savopoulos Family in Washington D.C. last month. They said he had a large amount of cash, several money orders and bank receipts, and two knives in the vehicle.
Police have charged Daron Dylon Wint, 34, with the May 14 murders of Savvas Savopoulos, 46, his wife Amy, 47, their son Philip, 10, and the housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, 57. The four were murdered, police say, after Mr. Savopoulos’ assistant delivered a $40,000 ransom to Wint. It is likely they were held for the better part of a day, as Wint waited for his demands to be met.
Police say that Wint may have gained entry through a glass door, detained the family, then set the house on fire to cover up the murders.
The suspect once worked for Mr. Savopoulos’ American Iron Works in Hyattsville, and police are still investigating whether or not Wint had the assistance of others to plan and execute his crime.
Police found stacks of $100 bills and say that the denominations match those taken from banks by Savopoulos’ assistant to pay the ransom.
Police have carried out search warrants on several people, some of whom are employees of American Iron Works, but thus far no one else has been arrested and accused of being linked to Wint and the crime.
Police are, however, suspicious about one American Iron Works employee who was involved in the delivery of the $40,000 ransom because he has given them two different stories on how he got the ransom and how he delivered it. The employee has not been arrested, but police have no explanation for why he has given them two different stories about the money.
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