UConn student accused in slayings waives extradition following arrest in Maryland

Detectives and other law enforcement members were at the truck stop after receiving a tip and spotted Manfredonia who they say was just 20 feet away from their staging area.

News 12 Staff

May 28, 2020, 2:01 AM

Updated 1,459 days ago

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State police said at a briefing Thursday afternoon that Peter Manfredonia, the UConn student accused in two slayings, waived his extradition and will be returning to Connecticut as early as next week to face charges.
They say Manfredonia was arrested without incident or use of force behind a truck stop in Hagerstown, Maryland around 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Detectives and other law enforcement members were at the truck stop after receiving a tip and spotted Manfredonia who they say was just 20 feet away from their staging area. 
"Detective Zeller and the team went over to Mr. Manfredonia with the guns drawn and told him to get on the ground," said Lt. Michael Pendleton. "At that point, he went to the ground. He did not resist and absolutely no force was used to affect the arrest."
Lt. Pendleton says Manfredonia also showed law enforcement where he stashed a black bag containing a weapon outside of the rest stop.
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On Friday, detectives say Manfredonia killed Theodore DeMers, 62, with a machete and slashed someone else who tried to help.
On Sunday, the scene shifted to Derby where Manfredonia's Newtown High School classmate Nicolas Eisle was found killed. Authorities say Eisle’s girlfriend was kidnapped by Manfredonia and later found unhurt.
That evening, Manfredonia was spotted at a Walmart in the Poconos. A day later, he was spotted on a gas station surveillance video in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
On Wednesday, Manfredonia ended up in Hagerstown where he was taken into custody.
A police source says he used disposable "burner" phones and debit cards to hail ride shares and buy gas.
State police say it may be next week before he faces a judge in Connecticut.
Manfredonia grew up down the street from Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza. State police wouldn't comment on writings about Lanza allegedly found inside his apartment that have widely circulated on social media.
 

 


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