NEW YORK – An unemployed drifter who became an Internet sensation in February after he brandished a hatchet to stop an assault has been charged with murder following his arrest in Philadelphia, police said.
Caleb “Kai” McGillvary, 24, was detained at a bus station Thursday after a manhunt following the murder of 73-year-old Joseph Galfy on Sunday in the New Jersey town of Clark, just outside New York.
McGillvary became the subject of a hit viral video earlier this year after he was reported to have intervened to help a man being attacked by the crazed driver of a car in California.
His animated interview with a local television station in Fresno following the attack — in which he described chasing off the attacker with his hatchet — went viral.
However, McGillvary was sought by authorities after Galfy was found bludgeoned to death at his home. McGillvary had gone to Galfy’s home after meeting him in Times Square on Saturday.