“Kai the Hitchhiker” Returns to NJ to Face Murder Charge

The wanderer known online as "Kai, the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker" is back in New Jersey to face a murder charge.

Caleb McGillivary is being held in the Union County jail in Elizabeth Thursday after he waived extradition following his arrest in Philadelphia on May 16.

McGillivary, known as "Kai" to millions online, is accused of murdering North Jersey attorney Joseph Galfy in early May.

Officials say the 24-year-old McGillivary met Galfy, 73, in Times Square on May 11 and later had a sexual encounter inside Galfy's Clark, N.J. home.

Galfy was found in his bedroom two days later. Authorities said he was severely beaten and found wearing only his socks and underwear.

A manhunt was then launched to find McGillivary. Police say he spent May 13 in Philadelphia sightseeing with friends and later stayed at a home in Glassboro, N.J.

The next day, he was dropped off at a PATCO train station in Haddonfield, N.J.

McGillivary was caught later that week after a barista at a Starbucks in the Old City section of the city recognized him and called police. He left before officers arrived, but they were able to track him down at the Center City Greyhound station later that night.

McGillivary appeared in court Tuesday via closed circuit television from a Philadelphia jail.

When an assistant district attorney asked McGillivary whether he was aware he's wanted for murder, the man replied "I've heard that, yes."

The judge then revoked his bail.

McGillivary became an Internet sensation in February after an interview he gave to a Fresno, Calif. television station went viral.

In the interview, he described how he used a hatchet to beat a driver who was attacking a California utility worker. The video tallied more than 4 million views on YouTube.

He later appeared on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!

When Kimmel asked him what people have been saying since the video went viral, McGillivary responded: "Hey, you're Kai, that dude with the hatchet."

As police searched for McGillivary, he posted to his Facebook page, claiming he was drugged and raped.

"what would you do if you woke up with a groggy head, metallic taste in your mouth, in a strangers house...," the post read in part. "realizing that someone had drugged, raped...what would you do?"

In an earlier post on May 10, before the two men allegedly met, McGillivary thanked those who took him in.

"Hey id like to express my gratitude to all the gnarly awesome people whove invited me in, partied hardy with me, and brought me to such cool places to meet such cool people," he wrote.

McGillivary said he was from Sophia, W.Va., but his father told The Associated Press that McGillivary was born and raised in Canada.

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