Police in Three States Seek Student Suspected in Murders

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Police in three states searched for a University of Connecticut senior suspected in two slayings and believed to be armed with several stolen guns, the Associated Press reports. Connecticut troopers said Peter Manfredonia, 23, suspected in a deadly assault in Willington on Friday and a homicide in Derby on Sunday, is believed to be armed with several weapons stolen during a home invasion. A car Manfredonia is suspected of stealing from the Derby victim was found in New Jersey at the Pennsylvania border Sunday afternoon.

Police said Manfredonia is suspected of killing Ted DeMers, 62, and assaulting another man in Willington. DeMers’ wife, Cynthia, said the two men were attacked after they found Manfredonia walking along a road and offered him a ride back to his motorcycle. Police were called to a home in Willington early Sunday morning. A man reported he had been held against his will by Manfredonia, who then left with food, several guns and the man’s truck, which was found abandoned at 6:45 a.m. Investigators then went to the Derby home of Nicholas Eisele, 23, an acquaintance of Manfredonia, and found him dead. Manfredonia is a 2015 graduate of Newtown High School and a senior at the University of Connecticut majoring in finance and mechanical engineering.

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