HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WJZ) — Police say 23-year-old Peter Manfredonia, a University of Connecticut student wanted for two murders, was taken into custody in Hagerstown, Maryland, on Wednesday night after a multi-state manhunt.
He was taken in to custody in the area of the Pilot Truck Stop on Halfway Boulevard without incident by the U.S. Marshals and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Manfredonia was wanted in a deadly assault in Willington, Connecticut, on Friday and then a homicide in Derby, Connecticut, on Sunday.
**UPDATE**Suspect, Peter Manfredonia has been found & is in custody. CSP Eastern District Major Crime are on scene in Hagerstown, MD. No injuries to any law enforcement personnel or Manfredonia. More info will be provided on Thurs, May 28 @PAStatePolice @FBINewHaven @FBI @MDSP pic.twitter.com/QFnUDuOqn0
— CT State Police (@CT_STATE_POLICE) May 28, 2020
The manhunt stretched across several states from Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennslyvania and Maryland.
A stolen Hyundai Santa Fe linked to Manfredonia was recovered in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania State Police said the fugitive was spotted at a Sheetz in Pennsylvania and then allegedly took an Uber to Hagerstown.
New Tip puts MANFREDONIA in Hagerstown, Maryland.
The stolen Hyundai Santa Fe WAS recovered in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
If seen, DO NOT APPROACH, HE IS CONSIDERED ARMED & DANGEROUS, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!
— Trooper Petroski (@PSPTroopNPIO) May 27, 2020
Police said Manfredonia is suspected of killing 62-year-old Ted DeMers and assaulting another man in Willington. Cynthia DeMers told the Hartford Courant that the two men had been attacked after they found Manfredonia walking along a road and offered him a ride back to his motorcycle.
“It could have been anybody who offered him a ride,” she said. “It could have been any of my neighbors’ husbands. It just happened to be mine.”
The other man suffered severe wounds described as sword or machete wounds, state police said.
Then the police were called to another Connecticut home on Sunday morning where a man said he was allegedly held against his will by Manfredonia. He told police the man left with food, several guns and the man’s truck. It was found abandoned near Osbornedale State Park around 6:45 a.m.
Investigators then went to the Derby home of one of his acquaintances, 23-year-old Nicholas Eisele, and found the man dead.
Manfredonia is a 2015 graduate of Newtown High School and a senior at the University of Connecticut majoring in finance and mechanical engineering.
He was taken into custody without any injures to himself or any of the arresting officers.
Manfredonia is being processed in Washington County and will be held there as a fugitive, pending extradition proceedings from Connecticut.