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Kai The Hitchhiker Arraigned From Philly Jail, Faces Deportation

Caleb Lawrence McGillvary, aka “Kai the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker,” was arraigned McGillvary was arraigned on murder charges via video from a Philadelphia jail on Friday and may be facing additional, unrelated charges.

Kai The Hitchhiker mugshot
Kai The Hitchhiker mugshot (Philadelphia Police)

Wearing a black T-shirt McGillvary was informed that he is a fugitive from justice and wanted for the murder of 73-year-old Joseph Galfy Jr. in his Clark home according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

McGillvary was arrested Thursday night at the Greyhound bus terminal in Philadelphia trying to board a bus to Georgia.

A number of people recognized McGillvary after his picture was released to the media. Cherry Hill Police received a call from someone who recognized McGillvary’s neck tatoo and saw him being taken to the Woodcrest train station by a neighbor according to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office .

A barista at a Center City Starbucks called police when McGillvary came in for coffee and leading to his arrest.

McGillvary also has a U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detainer for three arrests in Canada in recent years. Spokesman Harold Orb told The Associated Press in a statement late Friday that ICE has lodged a detainer against McGillvary, who seemed unaware of the additional charges in court. “What are the felonies?” he asked.

“Once charges are fully adjudicated, he will be turned over to ICE and placed in removal proceedings,” Orb said.

ICE officials did not immediately return a request to confirm the detainer. It’s not clear whether McGillvary would be deported rather than sent to New Jersey to face prosecution in Galfy’s death.

“A Nice Man”

Joseph Galfy
Joseph Galfy (Facebook)

Galfy’s funeral was held Friday in a small stone chapel in Warren, N.J. He was buried in East Hanover.

Galfy was an “excellent land use attorney,” said friend Robert Ellenport. He said Galfy loved to travel and was a fan of the football Giants and the Seton Hall University basketball team. Galfy would fly to warmer climes to watch Seton Hall play its first games of the season and was urging Ellenport and his partner to travel to Bali, one of Galfy’s favorite vacation spots.

The victim’s sister-in-law, Diane Galfy, said at her home that “he was a very well-respected man. That’s what we want people to know,” she said. She said her husband didn’t want to talk and her children were devastated.

Galfy was a respected lawyer who in recent years handled land use and domestic violence cases, according to Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow, whose office is prosecuting McGillvary. The two knew each other through legal circles.

“He was just a nice man, a gentle man, well-regarded in the community,” Romankow said.

In addition to his law practice, Galfy was the attorney for the planning board in Green Brook, N.J., and played drums in a wedding band.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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