Victim or Suspect of Sexual Assault?
Kai, the ‘hatchet-wielding hitchhiker’ who became an Internet sensation earlier this year, has been arrested
for the murder of a New Jersey man.
He was captured by Philadelphia police at the Greyhound Bus station in Philadelphia earlier today, Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow said.
“I believe that everyone is a little safer with this person off the streets,” the prosecutor said.
According to Glassboro Police Chief Alex Fanfarillo, he was taken into custody in Philadelphia shortly after his department was contacted about interviewing witnesses to Kai’s visit and discovering the drifter had stayed in the town of Glassboro, New Jersey.
Police were seeking the 24-year-old over the murder of attorney Joseph Galfy Jr, who was found dead in his Clark, NJ, home on Monday, May 13. An autopsy showed that he died as the result of blunt force trauma.
Romankow said Kai met up with 73-year-old New Jersey lawyer in New York’s Times Square on Saturday night, left, and then returned to Galfy’s home. Witnesses reported Kai was with Galfy over the course of two or more days. Authorities suspect Galfy was involved in some sort of sexual encounter before being beaten to death.
After the alleged murder, Kai’s movements included two trips to meet a fan in Asbury Park, a trip to Philadelphia and another to Glassboro in southern New Jersey, before he took a train bound for Philadelphia, authorities said.
Kai, whose real name is Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, became an overnight hero after a man he was getting a hitchhiking ride with proclaimed that he was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ and deliberately rammed his car into the back of a Pacific Gas and Electric worker. After a woman tried to help the worker, the driver got out of the car and started squeezing the woman.
Kai– or McGillvary, if you prefer– then intervened and smashed the man three times in the head with his hatchet.
Kai is a drifter and prefers to call himself “homefree” rather than homeless. He achieved semi-celebrity status after giving a colorful and profanity-laced F-bomb interview to a local news crew describing his Good Samaritan act that went viral. He also appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show and Stephen Colbert.
He was a frequent traveler to Humboldt County and the Arcata Plaza, last visiting in March.
A Facebook post from Kai last week thanked his many fans who let him visit, stay the night or share a meal in recent months:
“Hey id like to express my gratitude to all the gnarly awesome people whove invited me in, partied hardy with me, and brought me to such cool places to meet such cool people. ive met some of the greatest people in my life in these last three months and i wouldnt trade these experiences with you for all the money in hollywood.
“i was thinkin today about that whole thing and really the best thing in the world was getting to know all of you.”
But on Tuesday a far darker note emerged. It suggested he woke up and discovered he had been drugged and sexually assaulted.
He asked his fans:
“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 come dripping from the side of your face from your mouth, and started wretching, realizing that someone had drugged, raped, and blown their fuckin load in you? What would you do?”
One man calling himself Terry says he would beat the man with a hatchet. Kai responded: “i like your idea terry.”
Galfy was found bludgeoned to death around the same time. Police discovered his body while performing a welfare check after he failed to show up at work. He was found dead in his bed, clad only in underwear and socks.
Kai’s carefree traveling days on the road may have come to an abrupt end.
Charged with murder, Romankow said the hatchet-wielding, homefree hitchhiker will be processed on his arrest warrant and sent back to New Jersey for arraignment and possible trial.
His bail was set at $3 million.