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Hatchet-wielding hitchhiker who intervened in California attack arrested in NJ slaying

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CORRECTS SPELLING OF LAST NAME - In this undated photo downloaded from the Union County Prosecutor’s website, Caleb “Kai’ Lawrence McGillvary is shown. McGillvary, 24, is being sought by New Jersey authorities on a murder warrant in the beating death of a New Jersey lawyer he befriended in New York’s Times Square. The homeless hitchhiker had previously gained Internet and TV celebrity status by using a hatchet to intervene in an attack in California on a utility worker on Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Union County Prosecutor’s Office)The Associated Press

They were an unlikely pair — an itinerant hitchhiker turned Internet celebrity and a lawyer three times his age.

Now the hitchhiker is charged with beating the lawyer to death.

Caleb "Kai" McGillvary was arrested in Philadelphia Thursday and charged with killing 73-year-old Joseph Galfy, Jr.

Authorities say the two met in Times Square Saturday and went to Galfy's Clark, N.J., home. Galfy was found dead there Monday, wearing only his underwear and socks.

Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow (Ro-MAN-Ko) says statements posted on 24-year-old McGillvary's Facebook page after the homicide were sexual in nature.

McGillvery was known "Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker" after intervening in a February attack on a California utility worker.

Romankow said he used his celebrity to travel.

McGillvary is being held on $3 million bail.

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