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'Kai the Hitchhiker' Caught on Bistro 1051 Surveillance Video

McGillvary is seen walking through the Clarkton Shopping Center before entering the restaurant and asking for water.

As news broke last Thursday that Bistro 1051 owner Michael Savvis saw the 24-year-old's picture and suddenly made a connection.

Savvis says Kai, (whose real name is Caleb Lawrence McGillvary) stopped into Bistro 1051 around 10 p.m. on Sunday, Mother's Day—the same day police say he murdered Galfy.

Savvis called police with the information and handed over video surveillance (seen here) of McGillvary entering and exiting Bistro 1051. McGillvary was arrested in Philadelphia later that day.

"He asked for water," Savvis said. "He looked disheveled and caught me totally off guard. We were closed, and he definitely made me a little nervous."

Savvis said he told McGillvary they were closed and didn't have any water, and suggested he try Phillippo's Pizza a few doors down.

In the video, McGillvary can be seen walking down the sidewalk from Raritan Road into the Clarkton Shopping Center. He appears to search for something outside the restaurant's doorway (cigarette butts, thinks Savvis) before entering the restaurant, being denied water, exiting and again searching for something outside the restaurant, and finally walking toward Phillippo's Pizza and out of the frame.

Savvis said McGillvary had already cut his long hair short (as police indicated he had, perhaps to alter his appearance) and was wearing a bandana, flannel shirt, jeans and a duffel bag.

As luck would have it, Savvis installed the video surveillance system just last year after his morning bread delivery had gone missing several times from the front of his restaurant. His cameras were used to apprehend the man stealing his bread, who we dubbed the "Bread Bandit."

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At a May 16 press conference, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow explained 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 from the Rahway train station for Asbury Park on Sunday. McGillvary returned by train to Clark later on Sunday, was picked up at the Rahway train station by Galfy. Police say McGillvary murdered Galfy on Sunday night before leaving again from the Rahway train station and traveling to Asbury Park, Glassboro and Philadelphia. 

In a Tuesday post on his Facebook page, McGillvary alleges that he was drugged and raped and asks readers, "what would you do?"

McGillvary became an Internet sensation in February: After saving a woman in Fresno 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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alan donahue May 23, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Only the savage cruelty of a soul-deprived community like Clark would arrest a homeless guy who just wanted a drink of water.
John May 23, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Mr. Donahue: I'm quite sure that, a kind-hearted gentleman such as yourself, had he walked in your unlocked front door unannounced at 10pm at night, you would have welcomed him with open arms and a warm meal? GET REAL!
mc45 May 23, 2013 at 07:17 PM
but they didn't arrest him for for being a homeless guy who just wanted a drink of water. they arrested him days later for killing an innocent man. the bistro owner thought he was shady so he called the police. and he was obviously right that he was shady, wasn't he?. actually, too bad you aren't right because then he would have been in custody even earlier!
wetfart May 23, 2013 at 10:35 PM
It's too bad. I was hoping he was some kind of superhero roaming our country. Signs kinda point tohim doing the killing though. Vagrant, a little odd in the head, loner. None of those really point away from him being a murderer. I don't have all the facts, though, so I'm holding out hope that he's still awesome.

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