Fugitive ‘machete maniac’ student Peter Manfredonia, 23, CAUGHT in Maryland after murder manhunt across North East – The Sun
THE fugitive student wanted for an alleged double murder was caught in Maryland after a multi-state manhunt on Wednesday.
Peter Manfredonia, 23, allegedly killed Connecticut residents Ted DeMers, 62, on May 22 and his Newtown High School classmate Nicholas Eisele, 23, on May 24.
Cops announced Manfredonia had been apprehended on Twitter after his family's lawyer urged him to turn himself in this week.
"Suspect, Peter Manfredonia has been found & is in custody," Connecticut State Police said.
"CSP Eastern District Major Crime are on scene in Hagerstown, MD. No injuries to any law enforcement personnel or Manfredonia."
Police said more information about the situation would be revealed on Thursday, May 28.
His arrest was a combined effort from Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland police, as well as the FBI.
Yesterday, cops feared The University of Connecticut senior may have hijacked a car in Pennsylvania and could be traveling through New Jersey.
They reportedly issued a "be on the lookout" alert for the 23-year-old to police departments in both states just after 1:30pm on Tuesday.
Manfredonia was on the run since Sunday after authorities said he dumped a car he stole from a high school friend in Knowlton Township, New Jersey before fleeing to Pennsylvania.
He allegedly abducted Eisele's girlfriend in their stolen Volkswagen Jetta after killing his friend on Sunday.
DeMers' wife, Cynthia DeMers, said she told state police detectives the accused killer had been terrorizing a neighbor's daughter.
Manfredonia was looking for a female friend when he walked down the road in front of their home in Wilmington while wearing a motorcycle helmet, DeMers recalled.
She said the alleged murderer claimed his motorbike had broken down when asked why he was walking down the road.
Moments later, he allegedly hacked her husband to death with a machete after he gave the young man a ride back to his bike.
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