CAUGHT: 'Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker' Arrested in Philadelphia

Caleb Lawrence McGillvary has been arrested by the Philadelphia Police Department at a Greyhound Bus Terminal for the murder of Clark resident Joseph Galfy.

Around 6:30 p.m. Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, aka Internet celeb "Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker," was arrested at the Greyhound Bus Terminal in Philadelphia, by members of the Philadelphia Police Department, announced Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

McGillvary has been charged with the homicide of Joseph Galfy, Jr., 73, which occurred in Clark on May 12.

McGillvary will be processed in Philadelphia and returned to New Jersey in the coming days. His bail was previously set at $3 million and he will be lodged in the Union County Jail in Elizabeth, said Romankow.

"I am grateful for the overwhelming response and dedicated effort by the public and law enforcement that led to this arrest," said Romankow. "I believe that everyone is a little safer with this person off the streets."

At a Thursday afternoon press conference, Romankow revealed new details about the alleged murder, explaining that Galfy picked up McGillvary in Times Square on Saturday, May 11, and that McGillvary stayed overnight at Galfy's home on Starlite Drive before leaving for Asbury Park on Sunday.

Romankow says McGillvary returned to Galfy's home later on Sunday and allegedly committed the murder. McGillvary then left and traveled to Asbury Park, Philadelphia and Glassboro, where he met up with two of his fans, who are providing information to police.

For a full timeline of McGillvary's whereabouts and additional details from Thursday's press conference, read:

Before his arrest, McGillvary was last seen in Haddonfield, where he boarded a train to Philly.

In a Tuesday post on his Facebook page, McGillvary alleges that he was drugged, raped and ejaculated on and asks readers, "what would you do?" One commenter suggests that McGillvary use his hatchet, to which McGillvary replied "i like your idea."

Galfy, a partner at a Rahway law firm, was found inside his home on Starlite Drive on May 13 after officers were called to the residence for a welfare check. An autopsy performed the following day determined that Galfy died as a result of blunt force trauma. Galfy was found in his bedroom in underwear and socks, severely beaten.

Referring to Galfy, a neighbor said, "He was a real nice guy as far as I know. He would wave hi and goodbye and was very friendly. He has lived there at least 15 years, first with his partner, who died about five years ago. As far as I know, he was the only one living there now."

McGillvary became an Internet sensation in February: After saving a woman by smashing her attacker in the head with his hatchet, McGillvary’s offbeat personality in an interview made for a YouTube video that garnered nearly 4 million views. He also recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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UPDATE: 'Suspicious Death' of Clark Resident Now Ruled a Homicide

MrDoughnut May 17, 2013 at 12:42 AM
They have the suspect good. Now who got the $5,000 reward that was offered? The suspect was attacked if true he may have reacted in a rage causing the death correct?
MrDoughnut May 17, 2013 at 12:55 AM
If you were attacked you might use an equalizer to stop your attacker however the deceased was aged 73 so therefore it might of been a case of silencing the other person to protect one's guilt over a mutual consent. I have heard of attacks upon Hitchhikers who have punched their assailants once the car stop moving or when a pedestrian was walking down the street or standing near a mall etc.
Malarkey May 17, 2013 at 01:02 AM
The attacker/suspect left the home and returned. Assuming the victim was alive upon his return, what was the reason for killing him? His Facebook page suggests he was angry that he was drugged and sexually assaulted by the old man. Not a reason to kill but with this nut-jobs personality disorder I wouldn't put it past him.
MrDoughnut May 17, 2013 at 01:16 AM
The 34 yearold could have reacted violently an because of the other person being age 73 the result was death. A blow to the temple or a subsquent fall from the initial blow or blows could of caused additional damage. Being under a drug certainly could cloud one's ability to react appropiately.
MrDoughnut May 17, 2013 at 01:29 AM
A bi-polar person can go off like maniac which could account for all the damage to other person. You have seen it before when a cop has to face a crazed person the end result is usually tragic. A Bi-polar person will put their hands on you with in seconds an if they are not stopped the situation will get worse. The closing of the mental hospitals was a mistake often these individuals destroy other lives and jobs as they are often protected an thus free to menace the public.
alan donahue May 17, 2013 at 01:07 PM
I think Kai committed this murder. But I also think that we need to make it legal for people like Kai to get rid of 70+ year old people. They are old anyways and Kai is just awesome!!!
Wade Gustafson May 17, 2013 at 01:22 PM
i never knew kai was gay
Patricia Clayton May 17, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Did you read the article? The man was severely beaten. I don't think that is the act of someone who is merely trying to stave off an attacker. You're imagination is getting the best of your common sense. The man was 73; the young attacker was known for his weapon and seemed to basque in the fame of his U-tube fans. I think it went to his head and now he's where he belongs, off the streets.
Patricia Clayton May 17, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Wade, if you are one of his "fans" you never knew anything important about him, really.
MrDoughnut May 17, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Anyone wanting to get rid of old people probably has an (IQ) of 70
alan donahue May 17, 2013 at 04:03 PM
yea and anyone wanting to get rid of kai probably has an iq of 69!!!! haha!! owned!
Patricia Clayton May 17, 2013 at 04:08 PM
alan donahue: Are you old enough to be posting here? Perhaps you should be in school? The comments you make are those of a 12-year-old.
Vic May 17, 2013 at 04:12 PM
I'm sorry MrDoughnut -- You obviously do NOT understand the Bi-Polar disorder. #1 in most cases they harm themselves -- Not the lives of others. Let's please not BLAME Kai's actions on some sort of Mental Disorder. I'm sure drug use and just being an idiot is much more to blame for his actions!
MrDoughnut May 17, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Vic not everyone can control their problem an some have compounded problems. I met several people with the disorder over the years an some not all can go off in a rage in seconds. Drinking, not taking medication, and other stuff makes the problem worse.
Donald May 18, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Well, those basque separatists are prone to violence.
Patricia Clayton May 18, 2013 at 12:44 AM
LOL...I get it, well, sorry for the spelling error. Try bask and maybe it will seem less ridiculous. Thanks for pointing that out, by the way.
Col. Korn May 19, 2013 at 11:59 PM
"I believe that everyone is a little safer with this person off the streets.".....? Certainly Sexual Predators like Joseph Galfy, Jr. are a little safer. Thank God that their are more people like Kai in the world who have had enough of being preyed upon and have drawn a line in the sand. Our Studio has already raised 10.000 dollars for Kai's defense fund and I recommend that all who have joined the ranks of the shepherds and have had enough of the wolves, do the same. To all you Sheep out there: Thank God for people like Kai, who stuck his head out the window and Yelled, "'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!'", as the character Howard Beale (Played by Peter Finch) did in the Critically acclaimed Movie, "Network". Yes, Kai, perhaps the world is ready for a Hero Like you...or, if some of you prefer, An-Anti-Hero...but a Hero, Nonetheless. Your Obt. Svt. Col Korn, Chief O’ Mayhem in the Great WW-2 (And the Cold War) Now Chief O’ Security, Sanitation (And the Complaint Dept.) OXOjamm Studios.
art williams May 20, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Listening to Kai has me convinced he's not the sharpest tool in the shed and 2 cans short of a six-pack and with a tendency for violence. What comes out after the investigation will tell all.Maybe Galfy didn't think he was worth more than a night stay and bus ticket.Adrifting homeless/free man like him would do anything for money and got p o'ed when galfy said no more money for services.Who knows. Galfy doing the drug and rape seems just to out of context for a man of that stature.Again time will tell.Kai should have cried rape and sued ,then he could buy boy toys.
Allen Montgomery May 23, 2013 at 04:32 PM
I heard Kai was FRAMED! http://nationalreport.net/was-kai-the-hatchet-wielding-hitchiker-framed/
Patricia Clayton May 23, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Sure he was. Please, a 73-year-old man doesn't beat himself to death. Who else with a reputation for violence was in his neck of Clark that night?
Jessica Mears May 24, 2013 at 06:42 AM


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