CLARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A man known on YouTube as “Kai, the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker” was arrested and charged with murder in the beating death of a Union County lawyer, authorities announced Thursday evening.
Kai, whose real name is Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, 24, was wanted for murdering 73-year-old Joseph Galfy. Galfy’s body was found Monday afternoon inside his home on Starlite Drive in Clark.
On Tuesday, the Union County medical examiner determined Galfy died as a result of blunt force trauma, authorities said.
McGillvary was arrested at the Greyhound Bus Terminal in Philadelphia by members of the Philadelphia Police Department at around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced.
According to authorities, 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, Romankow said.
“I am grateful for the overwhelming response and dedicated effort by the public and law enforcement that led to this arrest,” Romankow said. “I believe that everyone is a little safer with this person off the streets.”
Earlier Thursday, authorities had asked for the public’s help in tracking down their man.
“He is dangerous,” Romankow told reporters including WCBS 880’s Levon Putney.