34-year-old Daron Dylon Wint Sought in connection with a quadruple homicide in the 3200 block of Woodland Drive, NW


From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 34-year-old Daron Dylon Wint in connection with a quadruple homicide which occurred on Thursday, May 14, 2015, in the 3200 block of Woodland Drive, Northwest. He is wanted pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant charging him with Murder One while Armed.

He is described as a black male, approximately 5’7” in height, weighing approximately 155 pounds.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone who provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to all police at (202) 727-9099.”

The Washington Post reported:

“The stunning break in the case came after police matched Wint to DNA found on the crust of a Domino’s pizza that had been ordered to the house the night of May 13, as the victims were being held, according to three law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation”

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  • That building he’s standing in front of in that last picture looks an awful lot like mine. 700block of Taylor Street anyone??

  • Is he wearing a dress in that first picture?

  • He ordered a pizza to the house?? WTF??

  • Oooh… You play bad boy but you don’t eat your pizza crust? What a Princess!
    PS: Prop to the Science Cops!

    • BIG props to the science cops.

      • Except there’s been a lot of press lately about faux-science crime lab results, and faked results in high-profile cases. Thousands of cases are up for review due to science cop chicanery. Proceed with caution and skepticism.

        • justinbc

          Those results in question came from hair DNA used in the two decades prior to 2000. This is a very different scenario.

          • Keep reading. The Massachusetts scandal comes to mind. But there are others.

          • justinbc

            I mean sure, there’s always going to be someone manipulating the system, but that’s nothing on the scale of what the FBI was doing.

          • Why are you arguing? Is it just reflex? Is “proceed with caution and skepticism” with regard to crime science an objectionable statement that requires contradiction? In light of Massachusetts, Texas, West Virginia, the FBI…?

          • justinbc

            Someone says “good job”, you say “Except blah blah blah”. Who’s arguing?

        • ah

          Hold on . . . he’s far from getting convicted on this DNA evidence. He’s been tied to the crime scene by it.

          If it’s not his DNA, I’m sure he’ll quickly report to a police station and say “here’s some spit – feel free to test it”.

  • Ummm, maybe I’m just big-boned but how in the world does that dude weigh 155? He’s built.

    • he’s only 5’7. he’s just a little guy.

      • I’m 5’6″, a woman, and definitely not muscular (muscle weighs more than fat) and weigh about 150. I’m no toothpick but about a pretty standard size 6. It would make sense if he’s the guy in the video though. He was pretty slim.

      • I’m 5’11” and 160 and pretty slim. That guy could be 155 if he’s only 5’7″.

      • Exactly, he is a little dude with a lightweight jailhouse build. I am sure his legs look like needles.

    • My understanding is that these are undated photos. He may have been more muscular years ago. The guy I saw with the hoodie on that grainy video the police released looked lean.

    • That was my first thought, also!!

  • The suspect is pretty surprising to me. How on earth did he access their house when they supposedly had a good security system? Did the housekeeper just open the door to him? This guy sounds like your garden variety type criminal with his record, but the crime sounds like it would take a lot of coordination/sheer malice that you, thankfully, rarely see. I think there might be more to the story (i.e., more people involved), but I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Regardless, this was a horrific crime that you leaves you pretty speechless. I can’t even imagine what the surviving family members are going through.

    • I have to say when I am home, middle of the day I do not arm my house. At night and when I am away, yes. And I am pretty sure I wouldn’t arm my house in the middle of the day if I lived in this neighborhood. So maybe he cased them for awhile and realized they didn’t arm the house during the day while they were there. So he just walked right in. I remember reading a story recently where people were trying to walk right into houses in Chevy Chase and other upscale neighborhoods.

      • Ally

        I can understand turning off the alarm, but you at least keep the door locked, right?

        • But maybe the guy knocked on the door and the housekeeper answered and he entered on some pretext?

          • Ally

            Yeah, any number of ways he could have gotten in. I was more shocked at the popville commentator who alluded to him/her (not the victims) not locking his/her door.

          • Not even pretext, she answered the door, he kicked it in, puncher in the mouth and that is that. Not that I know first-hand but it isn’t that hard to gain entry if the person is not prepared or can’t handle themselves…

        • Yes, I keep my doors locked. But recently one of those energy sales guys came to my door and my fiancee did open the door for him. I guess you never know who might knock on your door. Makes me not want to answer for anyone I don’t know!

          • Ally

            Ah, that makes sense. And we’ve done the same. I hear you.

          • justinbc

            One of the reasons I love the trap window in my new door.

          • I forgot to tell my mom not to answer the door to strangers when she was visiting recently. One day when I was away at the office, she got taken in by a scammer claiming to be a neighbor who needed $20 to pay a locksmith. (And then another $20 for the “second lock.”) 🙁

    • If a guy has a weapon and tells you to turn off the alarm system, you probably would too.

      • So, in other words, security systems are useless. It’s so rare that you see this kind of crime among the affluent that I can barely get my head around it. Very disturbing. Without victim blaming, I’d like to know if there was anything that made it easier for this guy to get to them. At the end of the day, this might be a case of bad things happening no matter what you do. You can’t always protect yourself.

      • Actually most security systems have dummy codes that you type in and it turns off the alarm but also alerts the police. Then the armed person has no idea you just set off the alarm.

      • My system has a special code that appears to turn off the system but really notifies the police. It’s meant for just this situation.

        • justinbc

          +1, or at the very least a panic button.

          • Panic buttons set off the alarm and presumably get you killed (or forced to tell the dispatch caller that everything’s fine and there’s no need to send anyone). Distress codes 1) create the illusion of cooperation, and 2) dispatch the police without a call.

            (The above details could vary from system to system, obvs.)

          • Yeah, but in my own experience even if you tell them the alarm was accidentally tripped the police are still going to show up! Ours was going off for less than a minute. Our home security people called and asked if everything was okay. I said yes, false alarm…he said okay, want me to call the police and tell them not to come? I said yes, he did and said he told them, but they still might come. Sure enough, they showed up three minutes later.

    • That Donovan stabbing seemed to require a lot of coordination/malice and that perp didn’t even have a criminal record.

    • I agree that there’s much more to this story than we’ve heard so far.

    • houseintherear

      I wonder if he knew someone who works for American Iron Works, or even if he worked for them at some point. Seems like a likely connection.

      • I was wondering the same thing. Maybe he did some work at their house or something and was coming to pick up a check. It definitely seems like he had some prior knowledge about this family/house.

      • Agree. Could be immaterial but where the suspect lived (Lanham) is awfully close to American Iron Works in Hyattsville.

        • MPD already said earlier today that he worked at American Iron Works.

        • The New York Post is saying that he was a former employee of American Iron Works.
          I used to live in/near Hyattsvile, and I would not describe Lanham as “close.”

    • This is why those going on about non violent criminals being locked up too much are playing a dangerous game. There’s a progression to criminality.

  • Looked up this guy’s record and he has a long rap sheet, but most of them are traffic violations. However, there are some for domestic violence and assault. Still, all this for $40,000?!!? Tortured that poor 10 year old boy. Ugh, really hope they find him quickly.

  • Again- just no value to life. If you wanted money, you got it, then leave- but to still kill 4 innocent people is just pure cold hearted. Even if you got away with it, how does one live with that on their conscious.

  • I would imagine there is some relationship to one of the victim’s businesses. Wouldn’t be surprised if this POS is caught by Memorial Day. Horrible.

    • Yeah, I’m wondering if he carjacked the dad at his office out in Hyattsville or something … seems like he got to the house without a car, which isn’t all that difficult, but isn’t exactly convenient either. Like, why would you pick THAT neighborhood to case at random?

  • I am stunned that they were able to get this guys DNA off some pizza crust in 5 or 6 days. I mean, they are always telling us life isn’t like CSI and that it takes months to run someones DNA. Good for them.

    You know this guy is just sitting somewhere shaking his head. He probably can’t even spell DNA.

    Run and hide you disgusting excuse for a human…that 40K isn’t going to get you far.

    • The actual DNA test can be run as quickly as a couple of hours. The reason it usually takes so long is because of a backlog of samples and miscellaneous lab procedural steps. Life is certainly more like CSI than most people will admit 🙂

      • ^I was going to chime in with this. Most tests/procedures don’t take that long to actually execute, but there’s usually a long line in front of them. What’s unrealistic about CSI and the like is that every case/piece of evidence is fully processed within hours to days. Given how high-profile and brutal this case is, they probably bumped it right up to the front of the queue, so we got results in a couple days, instead of weeks to months.

  • So, so terrible. I will say that too many years of watching “Law & Order” made me assume there was so much more to it than this, probably involving business intrigue and millions of dollars, and not a common criminal stupid enough to order pizza to his horrific crime scene.

  • Maybe someone hired this guy? Someone who knew how to get in the home and could pay 40k.

  • So where was the pizza crust? Did he take out the trash (what a polite criminal)? The house caught fire, I mean where was this crust with his DNA located? Very curious case, I have my armchair and my magnifying glass. Let’s go!!

    • fire was mostly contained to the second floor from what I’ve read. So, I would assume the pizza was in the kitchen or 1st floor somewhere

    • Is the affidavit that resulted in the arrest warrant public? News accounts I’ve seen only speak of “police sources” talking about the pizza DNA. My point being, I’m fairly certain the police are under no legal or ethical obligation to be completely upfront about how they identified Wint. The pizza might just be a believable red herring designed to protect a witness or other source, as well as possibly not alerting an accomplice.

  • Ally

    Yeah, with all the priors — including a reported sexual assault — I don’t get how this guy wasn’t still in jail. I’m giving birth to a son in a couple of months and I can’t imagine what that family went through with their little 10-year-old boy. Hope this guy gets all that prison has to offer him.

  • Also may have opened himself up to Federal charges (and a needle) by taking the car out of the District to Maryland to torch it. Hope whoever did it gets to experience what he inflicted on his victims.

  • The suspect had been arrested numerous times before. They likely had his DNA on computer file, so the match came up quickly. I read somewhere that he had worked for one of the father’s secondary companies. He probably learned enough about Savopoulos and maybe even the upcoming payment to be made for the martial arts studio, to see his opportunity to grab some cash. We’ve had lots of work done around our house by reputable companies, but still, you have no idea who they are bringing in as occasional or day laborers. Then these people you know nothing about are casing you out. When you see the value a person like this places on a human life, it is heartbreaking. Four innocent people were tortured and killed so he could have his share of $40K.

  • this was not a case of the common thief casing a family and wanting some cash
    somebody pissed off the wrong people

  • I know it’s the NY Post, but it looks like they’re close to getting him. (I am seriously skeptical that he is really planning to turn himself in!) And it looks like he was at a time an employee of American Iron Works! http://nypost.com/2015/05/21/suspect-in-dc-family-murder-may-be-in-nyc-area/

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