July 21st, 2015
Kai the hitchhiker, who captivated the Internet in February with an act of heroism and a contagiously entertaining local TV interview, is reportedly now a murder suspect in New Jersey.
Union County law enforcement has issued an arrest warrant for him for the murder of Joseph Galfy, Jr., in Clark, N.J., according to a WABC report.
Galfy was reportedly found dead inside his home on May 13. The cause of death has been declared as blunt force trauma. Authorities say Kai — identified by his full name, Caleb Lawrence McGillvary — is considered armed and dangerous and has cut his hair in an effort to conceal his identity. He’s charged with murder and bail is set at $3 million.
McGillvary, a.k.a. Kai, was passing through Fresno, Calif., in February when he saw a man attack a utility worker with a car and assault a woman at a gas station. He then hit the man on the back of the head three times with a hatchet to stop the attack, and his interview shortly thereafter became a viral sensation. Videos of him have since been viewed millions of times on YouTube and he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where Kimmel gave him a surfboard as a present.
So what could have prompted such a dark turn in McGillvary’s story? While his official take is unknown, below is a cryptic status update to his Facebook page from Tuesday, the day after Galfy was found dead.
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