Student Sought in Two Killings Captured in Maryland

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A college student sought by police as a suspect in a crime spree including two slayings in Connecticut has been captured in Maryland, the Associated Press reports. Peter Manfredonia, 23, had been the subject of a six-day search involving several police agencies and the FBI. He was found near a truck stop in Hagerstown, Maryland. “The suspect will face justice and this will bring closure. This is what is important for the families of the victims,” said Connecticut State Police spokeswoman Christine Jeltema.

Manfredonia was wanted in the machete killing of 62-year-old Ted DeMers and the wounding of another man in Willington, Ct., on Friday. Cyndi DeMers, the victim’s wife, said Manfredonia was looking for a female acquaintance when he came walking down the road in front of their home wearing a motorcycle helmet and her husband offered him a ride to his motorcycle. The University of Connecticut senior also went to another man’s home, held him hostage, stole his guns and truck and drove about 70 miles to Derby, Ct., where police found his high school friend, Nicholas Eisele, 23, shot to death in his home. Authorities believe Manfredonia forced Eisele’s girlfriend into her car and fled the state. She was found with her car at a rest stop in New Jersey. Authorities have not offered a possible motive for the crimes. Police suspected Manfredonia to be in the Hagerstown, Md., area after a ride-hailing service dropped off someone matching his description Wednesday. Manfredonia was an honors engineering student who had a history of depression and anxiety but had not shown signs of violence.

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