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DNA on Pizza Crust Leads to DC Murder Suspect Daron Dylon Wint — At Large

Thu May 21 2015 9:56 am
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Police have identified a 34-year-old man, Daron Dylon Wint, as a suspect in last week’s quadruple homicide and arson fire at a mansion in Washington D.C. CNN’s Joe Johns reports.

Savvas Savopoulos, 46, his wife Amy, 47, their 10-year-old son Phillip and longtime housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, 57, were found dead May 14, 2015 after a report of a house fire. According to a source familiar with the case, only the boy was burned to death — the other victims were doused with gasoline and stabbed.

DNA found on the crust of a Domino’s pizza that was delivered to the house led authorities to identify Daron Dylon Wint as the suspect. Cash had been left at the door for the pizza delivery man.

Veralicia Figueroa’s husband was concerned when his wife didn’t come home and when he called to contact her, the phone went to voice mail. Bernardo Alfaro then knocked on the door, but Savvas Savapolous called him — saying he would call back. He never called back, and the house was burning a few house after Bernardo Alfaro arrived to check on his wife.

In a third suspicious incident, Savopoulos’ personal assistant dropped off a package containing $40,000 in cash to the home. None of the incident’s raised enough suspicion for anyone to call the police.

The 10-year-old boy, Phillip Savopoulos, was apparently tortured before the family’s $5 million home was set on fire.

Daron Dylon Wint, 34, is wanted for first-degree murder while armed, police announced Wednesday night. Police were seen questioning people at Wint’s last known address in Prince George’s County, Maryland.


Cardinal Note: Police in Washington D.C. use secret military-grade encrypted radios to withhold their police communications, which were previously open to the public and news media via monitoring of public safety scanning radios.

The delayed knowledge or entirely blacked out knowledge resulting from encrypted police communications may protect certain police operations and investigations, but it also puts the public at risk in situations such as when armed and dangerous offenders are at large and when other similar situations occur, such as when desperate offenders of property crimes are eluding police. In other cases, the delayed or blacked out information inhibits or prohibits the possibility of the public providing early witness accounts before a criminal trail goes cold. Citizens are much more likely to recognize or recall suspicious or criminal activity if they are aware of the criminal incident within minutes or hours of its occurrence. The most serious incident involving dire results would be a trail that is allowed to go cold in the case of child abduction.

The lack of real time information from public police dispatch also weakens an effective neighborhood watch program mostly working to prevent property loss, but also working to prevent possible violent crimes.

Lack of real time information from police dispatch also delays public awareness or eliminates public awareness of general hazards and traffic or other situations in everyday living in an otherwise economically thriving community.

Police have alternate ways to transmit tactical, operational or investigative information, while still keeping their main public dispatch channels open for the best balance of public safety and police safety.

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