'Kai the Hitchhiker' suffers self-inflicted wounds in New Jersey jail

Caleb Lawrence McGillvary aka "Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker"

July 18, 2013 6:36:04 AM PDT
The man who became known online as Kai, the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker, is recovering from self-inflicted wounds.

Caleb McGillivary was rushed from the Union County jail in New Jersey to a hospital with self-inflicted, non-life threatening injuries on Wednesday.

Union County spokesman Sebastian D'Elia tells The Star-Ledger of Newark the 24-year-old was later taken to another health care facility and is under guard.

D'Elia, citing privacy issues, declined to give details about the injuries.

The Canadian is held on $3 million bail, charged in the May 12 beating of 73-year-old lawyer Joseph Galfy Jr. of Clark.

McGillivary gained a measure of online fame in February after intervening in an attack on a California utility worker in which he described using a hatchet to fend off a further attack.


Information from: The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger