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Remember 'Kai' The Hatchet-Wielding Homeless Hitchhiker? He Has Been Arrested on a Murder Charge

He is the prime suspect in the bludgeoning death of 71-year-old North Jersey attorney.

Image: KMPH / Fox26

This story falls into the category "who saw this one coming?"

In early February, TheBlaze featured a story about this unlikely hero named 'Kai."

Image: KMPH/Fox26

Kai was a homeless man who became a hero in the eyes of many after he used a hatchet to stop a crazy man from attacking two women. The video of Kai telling his story became something of a viral sensation. And as with most viral video stars, Kai seemed to have drifted back into obscurity. Until he's a murder suspect. Police in New Jersey have just arrested Caleb Lawrence McGillvary (Kai's real name). He is the prime suspect in the bludgeoning death of 71-year-old North Jersey attorney, Joseph Galfy.

According to Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow, "Kai" was identified from video captured on a Times Square surveillance camera. The local police also say that Mr. McGillvary  had cut his hair in an attempt to alter his appearance.

At a press conference on Wednesday, law enforcement officials shared details about the murder of Mr. Galfy and said Kai had actually posted on his Facebook page a possible explanation for the violent attack on the elderly lawyer. The suspect claimed that he was raped. According to ABC 7 in NYC, the Facebook post stated;

what would you do if you woke up with a groggy head, metallic taste in your mouth, in a strangers house... walked to the mirror and seen ... dripping from the side of your face from your mouth, and started wretching, realizing that someone had drugged, raped...? what would you do?

Late Thursday night, police in Philadelphia captured the suspect at the Greyhound bus station in downtown Philadelphia. He has been charged with murder and bail was set at $3 million.

New York's ABC 7 has the story.


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