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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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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