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Infamous hitchhiker makes stop in Newport before charged with murder

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By Abbey Niezgoda

aniezgoda@abc6.com

Two friends in Newport kicked out the infamous ax-wielding hitchhiker almost as quickly as they took him in, and it turns out their timing was spot on. Just days later, he was arrested for a murder in New Jersey.

"Everyone in town was talking about this guy, 'Kai the Hitchhiker,'" Rocco Michaluk said.

Michaluk and his roommate, Jonah Gadoury, decided to take in the Internet celebrity, who rose to fame after giving an interview about how he fought off an attacker with a hatchet in Fresno, California.

"We took pictures," Gadoury said. "'We wanted to show our friends we were with Kai the Hitchhiker!'"

But the roommates say it was not long before his bizarre behavior took over.

"He was screaming up and down Thames Street, yelling smash, smash, smash," Michaluk said. "And I heard he pulled a knife on someone." 

They say he was starting fights with people all over town. They forced him out of their home after a two-night stay, only to learn days later, Kai was charged with murdering a lawyer in New Jersey.

"I was traumatized, the man was sleeping in my bed," Michaluk said."I mean what if this guy is a killer? A serial killer?"

They say regardless of what he is accused of doing, they cannot help but wonder if they should have seen it coming.

"I know what I saw and I saw someone spiraling out of control."

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