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UConn Student Suspected Of Killing Two Before Leading Authorities On Multi-State Manhunt Is Captured In Maryland

Authorities took Peter Manfredonia into custody Wednesday near a Pilot truck stop in Hagerstown, ending a nearly week-long effort to find the alleged killer. 

By Jill Sederstrom
Fugitive UConn Student Arrested In Maryland

A University of Connecticut senior suspected of killing two people before going on the run has been captured in Maryland.

Peter Manfredonia, 23, was apprehended in Hagerstown, Maryland Wednesday after nearly a week on the lam, according to the Connecticut State Police.

“There were no injuries to any law enforcement personnel or Manfredonia,” the statement said.

Manfredonia was found near a Pilot Truck Stop on Halfway Boulevard and was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, according to local station WJZ.

Authorities had previously announced that Manfredonia may have been heading to Hagerstown in an Uber after a stolen Hyundai Santa Fe linked to the college student was discovered in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, according to a statement from the Pennsylvania State Police.

A witness also reported seeing Manfredonia at a Sheetz convenience store in Chambersburg.

The arrest ended a multi-state manhunt for the 23-year-old that began in Connecticut, where authorities believe he killed 62-year-old Ted DeMers on Friday with a machete and seriously injured another man who tried to intervene.

DeMers' wife, Cyndi DeMers, told the Associated Press that the couple saw Manfredonia wearing a motorcycle helmet walking down the road by their Willington, Connecticut home on Friday morning. Manfredonia allegedly told the couple his motorcycle had broken down. Ted DeMers was killed after offering to give Manfredonia a ride back to his bike.

Cyndi told the news outlet Manfredonia may have been trying to go see a woman he knew who lived next door to the couple and her husband may have “got in the way” of his plan.

After killing Ted DeMers, authorities believe Manfredonia allegedly broke into another Willington area home where he held a man against his will before stealing guns and a vehicle.

He then made his way to Derby, Connecticut where authorities suspect he killed his 23-year-old friend Nicholas Eisele, and kidnapped Eisele’s girlfriend.

The woman was later found unharmed Sunday at a rest stop near Paterson, New Jersey, but Manfredonia had already fled the area taking an Uber to a Walmart in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, according a release from the Pennsylvania State Police.

Manfredonia continued to alter his mode of transportation and path before he was apprehended Wednesday.

Michael Dolan, an attorney hired by Manfredonia’s family to represent him, said earlier this week that Manfredonia, who had been a senior in finance and mechanical engineering, had struggled with mental health issues in recent years, according to the Hartford Courant.

The Connecticut State Police plans to release more information about his arrest on Thursday.

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