For Immediate Release – May 17, 2013

John Holl
Union County Prosecutor’s Office

Update on the Arrest of Caleb Lawrence McGillvary

Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow has provided the following update in the arrest of Caleb Lawrence McGillvary:

“The investigation came together very quickly. Within hours of a Thursday press conference identifying McGillvary as the suspect in the homicide of Joseph Galfy, Jr., 73, which occurred in Clark, N.J. on May 12, 2013, our Crime Stoppers Tip Line was flooded with calls from around the country.

Around 5:45p.m. on May 16, 2013 a call came in from an individual in Cherry Hill, N.J. saying that he observed his neighbor with McGillvary earlier in the day. A short time later, he saw a news report and noticed that the man he had seen with his neighbor was a match, based in part by an identifiable neck tattoo. The man then spoke with his neighbor who said that she had dropped off McGillvary at the Woodcrest train station a few hours earlier. The neighbor immediately contacted the Tip Line.

As detectives from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force began to process that information they received a call from the Cherry Hill Police Department, saying they had similar information and were en route to that residence.

Around the same time, an employee at a Starbucks in Philadelphia noticed that a customer in the store resembled McGillvary, having seen his picture on the news. That employee notified a supervisor who in turn phoned the Philadelphia Police Department.

McGillvary was spotted by police near the Greyhound Bus Terminal several minutes later and was arrested without incident and taken into custody.

McGillvary is currently being lodged in Philadelphia awaiting extradition to New Jersey, where he will be held on $3 million bail at the Union County Jail in Elizabeth. At this point no timetable has been established as to when McGillvary will be returned to New Jersey. A first court appearance will be scheduled once he is returned to Union County.

I am grateful for the support of fellow law enforcement agencies, as well as the support of the public, that led to the arrest of McGillvary.

Additional information will be released through my office as it becomes available.”