In this undated photo downloaded from the Union County Prosecutor’s website, Caleb “Kai’ Lawrence McGillivary is shown. (Photo: AP/Union County Prosecutor's Office)
HADDONFIELD, N.J. (The Courier-Post) - An Internet celebrity-turned-homicide suspect was arrested in Philadelphia on Thursday, two days after he was reportedly spotted in New Jersey.
Caleb "Kai" McGillvary, who gained fame online as the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker, was taken into custody around 6:30 p.m. at a Greyhound bus station in Center City, authorities said.
McGillvary, accused of killing a North Jersey man Sunday, was last seen Tuesday at "a light-rail station in (the) Haddonfield, N.J., area," according to the Union County Prosecutor's Office.
McGillvary, a 24-year-old homeless man, had been considered armed and dangerous.
Delaware River Port Authority spokesman Tim Ireland said the suspect had spent a night in Gloucester County with close friends, who gave him $250 and drove him to the Woodcrest station of the PATCO Hi-Speedline. After dropping him off, however, the friends called police.
Surveillance cameras, Ireland said, showed the man boarding a westbound train. Alerted by the DRPA, Philadelphia police arrested McGillvary at the Filbert Street bus station.
McGillvary became a YouTube star after he claimed to have intervened in a Feb. 1 attack on two people in Fresno, Calif. In a TV news interview that went viral, McGillvary described in graphic but disjointed style how he wielded a hatchet against the alleged assailant, a man who had picked him up while hitchhiking.
Both the attacker and his victims survived the California incident.
McGillvary is accused of killing 73-year-old Joseph Galfy Jr. of Clark. The victim, an attorney, was found in his home around 2 p.m. Monday, when police were asked to check on his well-being. An autopsy on Tuesday determined Galfy died from blunt force trauma.
McGillvary posted a possible reference to the Clark assault on his Facebook page.
"What would you do if you woke up with a groggy head, metallic taste in your mouth, in a stranger's house ... realizing someone had drugged (and) raped (you)?" he wrote on Tuesday. "What would you do?"
Authorities said McGillvary relied on strangers for food, lodging and transportation.
Prior to his arrest, some people in Haddonfield expressed little concern over the fugitive's possible presence.
"I actually would've been really hyped (to meet McGillvary)," said John Devine, an employee at Kinetic Skateboarding on Kings Highway. Devine noted he would have recognized McGillvary from Internet videos.
The suspect will be processed in Philadelphia and returned to New Jersey. Authorities said McGillvary's bail was previously set at $3 million.
Contributing: Courier-Post reporter Andy McNeil