DC authorities: Ex-con had help in slaying of rich family

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- An ex-convict likely had help from others holding a family captive inside their mansion for at least 18 hours, authorities said.

During their ordeal, the business executive and his wife told others to stay away - even ordering a pizza deliverer to leave two pies at the door - as they frantically arranged for $40,000 in cash to be dropped off at the home.

But once the money was left on the seat of a red sports car in the family's garage, Daron Dylon Wint struck and stabbed Savvas Savopoulos, the CEO of the American Iron Works company where he had once worked as a welder, Wint's charging document said. At a court hearing Friday, Wint was ordered held in jail on a murder charge.

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Daron Dylon Wint is pictured in this 2007 police booking photograph released on May 22, 2015. (Photo via Oswego County Sheriff's Department)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 21: Mayor Muriel Bowser (L) of Washington, DC listens as Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department Cathy Lanier (R) speaks at a press conference at police headquarters May 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. Bowser and Lanier asked the public for help in locating a suspect, Daron Dylon Wint, in a quadruple murder in the killing of Savvas Savopoulos and his family. Authorities believe Wint may have traveled to the Brooklyn, New York area. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Daron Dylon Wint

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Daron Dylon Wint

(Photo via Washington Metropolitan Police)

Police vehicles are seen outside a fire-damaged home where four people were killed last week in Washington, DC, May 21, 2015. Police were on the hunt Thursday for a suspect in the murder of a wealthy Washington family, after he was reportedly identified using DNA collected from the crust of a pizza delivered to victims' home. Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Daron Dylon Wint in connection with the four murders, one of the most notorious crimes in recent memory in the US capital city. The victims -- Savvas Savopoulos, president and CEO of American Iron Works, a building materials manufacturer in Maryland, his wife Amy, their 10-year-old son Philip and the family's housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa -- were found bound and bludgeoned May 14 after a fire gutted the millionaire's mansion in an exclusive section of Washington. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 21: Mayor Muriel Bowser (C) of Washington, DC listens as Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department Cathy Lanier (R) speaks at a press conference at police headquarters May 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. Bowser and Lanier asked the public for help in locating a suspect, Daron Dylon Wint, in a quadruple murder in the killing of Savvas Savopoulos and his family. Authorities believe Wint may have traveled to the Brooklyn, New York area. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: Smashed windows and heavy fire damage scar a house on the 3200 block of Woodland Drive NW May 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. Firefighters discovered the bodies of Savvas Savopoulos, 46, his wife Amy, 47, their 10-year-old son Philip, and the housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, 57, last Thursday afternoon when they responded to a blaze at the house. Two Savopoulos daughters were away in boarding school at the time. Investigators have ruled the deaths homicides and say they could continue to collect evidence at the house for another week. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: Smashed windows and heavy fire damage scar a house on the 3200 block of Woodland Drive NW May 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. Firefighters discovered the bodies of Savvas Savopoulos, 46, his wife Amy, 47, their 10-year-old son Philip, and the housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, 57, last Thursday afternoon when they responded to a blaze at the house. Two Savopoulos daughters were away in boarding school at the time. Investigators have ruled the deaths homicides and say they could continue to collect evidence at the house for another week. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Police vehicles are seen outside a fire-damaged home where four people were killed last week in Washington, DC, May 21, 2015. Police were on the hunt Thursday for a suspect in the murder of a wealthy Washington family, after he was reportedly identified using DNA collected from the crust of a pizza delivered to victims' home. Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Daron Dylon Wint in connection with the four murders, one of the most notorious crimes in recent memory in the US capital city. The victims -- Savvas Savopoulos, president and CEO of American Iron Works, a building materials manufacturer in Maryland, his wife Amy, their 10-year-old son Philip and the family's housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa -- were found bound and bludgeoned May 14 after a fire gutted the millionaire's mansion in an exclusive section of Washington. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Washington police secure the vicinity around the fire-damaged multimillion-dollar home in northwest Washington, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, where four people were found dead May 14. Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier earlier identified two of the victims found dead as 46-year-old Savvas Savopoulos and his 47-year-old wife, Amy Savopoulos. Police believe the other two victims are the couple's 10-year-old son and a housekeeper. Police say the deaths are being investigated as a homicide. . (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: District of Columbia Metropolitan Police maintain a perimeter around the house on the 3200 block of Woodland Drive NW May 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. Firefighters discovered the bodies of Savvas Savopoulos, 46, his wife Amy, 47, their 10-year-old son Philip, and the housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, 57, last Thursday afternoon when they responded to a blaze at the house. Two Savopoulos daughters were away in boarding school at the time. Investigators have ruled the deaths homicides and say they could continue to collect evidence at the house for another week. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Investigators inspect the fire-damaged multimillion-dollar home in northwest Washington home, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, where four people were found dead May 14. Police Chief Cathy Lanier earlier identified two of the victims found dead as 46-year-old Savvas Savopoulos and his 47-year-old wife, Amy Savopoulos. Police believe the other two victims are the couple's 10-year-old son and a housekeeper. Police say the deaths are being investigated as a homicide. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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. Police Chief Cathy Lanier earlier identified two of the victims found dead as 46-year-old Savvas Savopoulos and his 47-year-old wife, Amy Savopoulos. Police believe the other two victims are the couple's 10-year-old son and a housekeeper. Police say the deaths are being investigated as a homicide. . (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Daron Dylon Wint

(Photo via Washington Metropolitan Police)

Daron Dylon Wint

(Photo via Washington Metropolitan Police)

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: District of Columbia Metropolitan Police maintain a perimeter around the house on the 3200 block of Woodland Drive NW May 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. Firefighters discovered the bodies of Savvas Savopoulos, 46, his wife Amy, 47, their 10-year-old son Philip, and the housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, 57, last Thursday afternoon when they responded to a blaze at the house. Two Savopoulos daughters were away in boarding school at the time. Investigators have ruled the deaths homicides and say they could continue to collect evidence at the house for another week. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: Red crime scene tape seals the front door of a house on the 3200 block of Woodland Drive NW May 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. Firefighters discovered the bodies of Savvas Savopoulos, 46, his wife Amy, 47, their 10-year-old son Philip, and the housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, 57, last Thursday afternoon when they responded to a blaze at the house. Two Savopoulos daughters were away in boarding school at the time. Investigators have ruled the deaths homicides and say they could continue to collect evidence at the house for another week. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: A sign across the street from the 3200 block of Woodland Drive NW warns people about security patrols in the area May 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. Firefighters discovered the bodies of Savvas Savopoulos, 46, his wife Amy, 47, their 10-year-old son Philip, and the housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, 57, last Thursday afternoon when they responded to a blaze at a house on Woodland Avenue. Two Savopoulos daughters were away in boarding school at the time. Investigators have ruled the deaths homicides and say they could continue to collect evidence at the house for another week. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: District of Columbia Metropolitan Police maintain a perimeter around the house on the 3200 block of Woodland Drive NW May 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. Firefighters discovered the bodies of Savvas Savopoulos, 46, his wife Amy, 47, their 10-year-old son Philip, and the housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, 57, last Thursday afternoon when they responded to a blaze at the house. Two Savopoulos daughters were away in boarding school at the time. Investigators have ruled the deaths homicides and say they could continue to collect evidence at the house for another week. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: Crime scene tape sets a perimeter around a house on the 3200 block of Woodland Drive NW May 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. Firefighters discovered the bodies of Savvas Savopoulos, 46, his wife Amy, 47, their 10-year-old son Philip, and the housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, 57, last Thursday afternoon when they responded to a blaze at the house. Two Savopoulos daughters were away in boarding school at the time. Investigators have ruled the deaths homicides and say they could continue to collect evidence at the house for another week. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 19: District of Columbia Metropolitan Police maintain a perimeter around the house on the 3200 block of Woodland Drive NW May 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. Firefighters discovered the bodies of Savvas Savopoulos, 46, his wife Amy, 47, their 10-year-old son Philip, and the housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, 57, last Thursday afternoon when they responded to a blaze at the house. Two Savopoulos daughters were away in boarding school at the time. Investigators have ruled the deaths homicides and say they could continue to collect evidence at the house for another week. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Washington police secure the vicinity around the fire-damaged multimillion-dollar home in northwest Washington, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, where four people were found dead May 14. Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier earlier identified two of the victims found dead as 46-year-old Savvas Savopoulos and his 47-year-old wife, Amy Savopoulos. Police believe the other two victims are the couple's 10-year-old son and a housekeeper. Police say the deaths are being investigated as a homicide. . (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Investigators inspect the fire-damaged multimillion-dollar home in northwest Washington home, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, where four people were found dead May 14. Police Chief Cathy Lanier earlier identified two of the victims found dead as 46-year-old Savvas Savopoulos and his 47-year-old wife, Amy Savopoulos. Police believe the other two victims are the couple's 10-year-old son and a housekeeper. Police say the deaths are being investigated as a homicide. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents gather their equipments Wednesday, May 20, 2015, outside a northwest Washington home, where four people were found dead last May 14th. Police Chief Cathy Lanier earlier identified two of the victims found dead as 46-year-old Savvas Savopoulos and his 47-year-old wife, Amy Savopoulos. Police believe the other two victims are the couple's 10-year-old son and a housekeeper. Police say the deaths are being investigated as a homicide. . (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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Savopoulos' wife, Amy, their 10-year-old son Philip and their housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa also were killed, and then the house was set on fire with matches and a flammable liquid.

The fire began on the queen-sized mattress where the boy's body was stabbed and burned, authorities said.

Firefighters found the adults' bodies in the next room. Evidence shows the women suffered "blunt force and sharp force trauma" before the $4.5 million mansion was set on fire.

Authorities linked what may have been two different men to Amy Savopoulos' blue Porsche 911 the day of the killings. One, "with short, well-groomed hair," was spotted driving erratically away from the crime scene. Another, wearing a dark hoodie, was videotaped carrying a bucket near where the Porsche was set on fire later that day.

The pizza gave Wint away. His DNA was found on the crust of a partially eaten slice of pepperoni, one of two pies ordered the night of May 13 while the family and the housekeeper were "being held against their will," an affidavit said.

A woman believed to be Amy Savopoulos paid for the pizzas by credit card and told the delivery person to leave the food on the porch, because she was "nursing her sick child" and would not come to the door, the document says.

Wint, who was tracked down by U.S. Marshals and arrested Thursday night with two other men and three women, appeared in a white jumpsuit in court Friday.

A court document said authorities believe the killings "required the presence and assistance of more than one person." None of the people detained with Wint were immediately charged with any crimes.

Wint is being represented by Natalie Lawson, a public defender. His defense argued that authorities lack probable cause, since a suspect seen driving the Porsche had short hair. Wanted posters issued while Wint was a fugitive showed him with long hair.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Errol Arthur agreed with Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily Miller to deny bail, noting that Wint was arrested with some of the missing money, and that the DNA from the pizza ties him to the slayings.

U.S. Marshals and police had tracked Wint to New York and back before dozens of officers swarmed a car and truck in the nation's capital, arresting the whole group without a fight.

Wint's record was cited as a reason he should be held. He was arrested three times for assault in 2006 and 2007, serving a 10-month sentence in New York, and then convicted of assaulting a girlfriend in Maryland in 2009.

In 2010, he pleaded guilty to malicious destruction of property after he allegedly broke into a woman's apartment, stole a television, vandalized her car and threatened to kill her infant daughter. Also in 2010, Wint was arrested carrying a 2-foot-long machete and a BB pistol outside the American Iron Works headquarters, but weapons charges were dropped after he pleaded guilty to possessing an open container of alcohol.

Acting District of Columbia U.S. Attorney Vincent Cohen said outside the courthouse that prosecutors' "work is not done" and that they "intend to unseal additional search warrants in the coming days."

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Contributors include Brian Witte, Alex Brandon, Sarah Brumfield and Ben Nuckols in Washington; Meredith Somers in Upper Marlboro, Maryland; Colleen Long in New York City and Carolyn Thompson in Buffalo, New York.

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