Internet sensation Kai the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker arrested for beating death of NJ lawyer
Last Updated: 208 days ago
ELIZABETH, N.J. - Life on the run for the Internet sensation known as Kai the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker ended when he asked for a cup of coffee.
Authorities are crediting an employee at a Starbucks in Philadelphia with recognizing 24-year-old Caleb "Kai" McGillvary, who was wanted in the beating death of a 73-year-old New Jersey lawyer.
Authorities say McGillvary met the lawyer, Joseph Galfy Jr., in New York, and the pair went to Galfy's home. Days later, Galfy was found dead.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says the barista waited on McGillvary on Thursday, recognized him and called 911. McGillvary took off before police arrived.
An officer went to a nearby bus terminal and found McGillvary. He was arrested there.
McGillvary earned his nickname after intervening in a February attack in California. He awaits extradition on charges in Galfy's death.
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