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Around 9 p.m. Wednesday, Connecticut State Police detectives, and other law enforcement, were at a truck stop in Hagerstown, Maryland, on a tip that Peter Manfredonia, the University of Connecticut student wanted for allegedly killing two men, might be in the area.
One of the members of law enforcement happened to turn around as one of the detectives was talking about Manfredonia’s characteristics to the U.S. Marshals Service, and that’s when he saw him about 20 feet away, Connecticut authorities said during a Thursday afternoon press conference.
The physical characteristics matched, and Manfredonia, 23, was apprehended without any use of force, they said. It was a peaceful end to a six-day manhunt that began with him allegedly using a machete to kill 62-year-old Theodore DeMers Friday morning; he also allegedly injured a man who tried to help DeMers.
Since Friday, Manfredonia’s run extended from DeMers’s slaying in Willington, Connecticut, to Derby, Connecticut, where he allegedly killed Nicholas Eisele, 23, said to be a friend of his from high school, and abducted Eisele’s 23-year-old girlfriend by forcing her into her vehicle. From there, he reportedly abandoned the girlfriend and her vehicle at a Paterson, New Jersey, rest stop. And since then, sightings have led law enforcement to Pennsylvania and, finally, Maryland – law enforcement found out he took an Uber from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, to Hagerstown, an update released around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday said.
The detective speaking with the U.S. Marshals Service had just mentioned Manfredonia’s height of around 6-foot-3 or 6-foot-4, when that other member of law enforcement spotted him, according to Lt. Michael Pendleton of the Connecticut State Police. The detective then looked and saw the man was wearing red sneakers, a detail Pennsylvania State Police had mentioned after the Wednesday sighting.
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