PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Connecticut state police say Peter Manfredonia, 23, a University of Connecticut student wanted for two murders, was arrested Wednesday night in Hagerstown, Maryland. It occurs after a manhunt in several states where Pennsylvania and New Jersey state police were looking for the suspect.
** UPDATE ** Suspect, Peter Manfredonia has been found and is in detention. Major offenses of the CSP Eastern District are on the scene in Hagerstown, MD. No injuries to any member of the police or Manfredonia. More information will be provided on Thursday, May 28 @PAStatePolice @FBINewHaven @FBI @MDSP pic.twitter.com/QFnUDuOqn0
– CT State Police (@CT_STATE_POLICE) May 28, 2020
Engineering student UConn is accused of killing Ted DeMers, 62, in Willington, Connecticut on Friday, then Nicholas Eisele, 23, who police said was an acquaintance of the suspect, in Derby, Connecticut, on Sunday.
Police also said Manfredonia had kidnapped Eisele’s girlfriend, who was found safe during a layover in New Jersey on Monday.
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Authorities say Manfredonia was spotted by authorities exiting a wooded area behind a travel center on block 16000 of Halfway Boulevard in Hagerstown. He was arrested shortly after 9 p.m.
The suspect was seen on Sunday in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, where he was caught by a security camera walking on rail tracks and carrying a duffel bag.
Police said Manfredonia had stolen a black 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe from Stroudsburg on Monday evening. The SUV has since been found in a Sheetz parking lot in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, according to state police.
Investigators say the surveillance video showed Manfredonia getting an Uber at Sheetz and he was then taken to Hagerstown, Maryland.
Manfredonia family lawyer Mike Dolan said the suspect had mental health issues and “had sought the help of a number of therapists.”