It’s been six days since a University of Connecticut student fled after allegedly killing two people. As police continue their search for the suspect, they are warning the public that the man is considered armed and dangerous.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, University of Connecticut student, Peter Manfredonia, 23, allegedly killed Theodore Demers, 62, in an attack on May 22 in Willington that left another man injured. After the suspect attacked the men with an “edged weapon,” he fled the area, police said.
According to Demers’ wife, the victim did not know Manfredonia. The suspect allegedly killed Theodore Demers after he gave Manfredonia a ride to his motorcycle at a barn.
Manfredonia is also accused of holding a Willington homeowner captive Sunday before stealing a truck and firearms. The homeowner was not injured.
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Authorities located the stolen truck in Osbornedale State Park in Derby. While searching the park, authorities learned that Nicholas Eisele, 23, Manfredonid’s friend who lived nearby, had been murdered. Officers found Eisele dead in his home from a gunshot wound.
The suspect is accused of also kidnapping Eisele’s 23-year-old girlfriend and forcing her into her. She was later found safe at Patterson, New Jersey, with her vehicle.
CrimeOnline’s Nancy Grace, who spoke to Fox News about Manfredonia, said police found disturbing writing on the suspect’s dorm room wall.
“What we know is that in his old dorm room, it was scribbled on the wall, ‘See what happened when Adam [Lanza] snapped? What will happen when I snap'”? Grace said.
On May 26, authorities announced that Manfredonia was dropped off at a Walmart by an Uber driver in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. He then walked behind the store to railroad tracks while carrying a bag full of what police believe to be stolen guns.
SUSPECT was last seen yesterday (Sunday) afternoon in East Stroudsburg, Monroe County, PA. Description:
White Male, 23 years old, dark colored shorts, white t-shirt & carrying a large duffel bag.
If seen, DO NOT APPROACH, ARMED & DANGEROUS ➡️ CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!
— Trooper Petroski (@PSPTroopNPIO) May 25, 2020
“It is believed that Manfredonia does not have ties to the area and does not have a vehicle. He may attempt to solicit ride sharing services, possibly through third-party means, to flee the area,” police said.
Later, however, authorities released a photo of a stolen black Hyundai Santa Fe that was taken from the area Manfredonia was last seen in. It’s not confirmed that he actually stole the car, police said, but they released the description of the vehicle just in case.
Stolen Vehicle, Black Hyundai Santa Fe bearing Pennsylvania registration KYW-1650.
NOT CONFIRMED that Peter Manfredonia stole the vehicle, but it was taken from the area where he was last seen.
Anyone with information should call 911 immediately and DO NOT APPROACH! pic.twitter.com/EBqFtRF7XX
— Trooper Petroski (@PSPTroopNPIO) May 26, 2020
Residents in Covington Township, Pennsylvania, saw a large police presence around Lehigh and Jubilee Roads on Tuesday. Railroad tracks from East Stroudsburg apparently lead into the area.
“He could hide in these woods forever,” Covington Township resident Francine Edmondson told FOX 61. “There’s hunting cabins all over the place that are empty.”
Earlier this week, an attorney representing the suspect’s family made a plea for Manfredonia to turn himself in.
“Peter, if you’re listening, you’re loved, your parents, your sisters, your entire family loves you. Nobody wants any harm to come to you. It’s time to surrender,” Michael Dolan, attorney for Manfredonia’s family, said.
Manfredonia is described as being 6-feet-3-inches tall, weighing 240 pounds, with black “disheveled hair.” He was reportedly was last seen wearing dark-colored shorts and a white t-shirt.
Manfredonia is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who spots him or knows of his whereabouts should not approach him. Instead, call 911.
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[Feature Photo: Peter Manfredonia/Connecticut State Police, Newtown Police Department]