The now six-day manhunt for the University of Connecticut student wanted in connection with two murders, a home invasion and a kidnapping that extended to Maryland Wednesday after the suspect discovered an Uber to take him across state lines.
Pennsylvania State Police said 23-year-old Peter Manfredonia was discovered by witnesses and was seen on surveillance video at a Sheetz in Chambersburg, Penn. A Hyundai Santa Fe reported stolen Monday was recovered near Sheetz.
“The person in surveillance photos got an Uber driver and was driven to Hagerstown, Maryland,” the press release said. He was still seen wearing a black duffel bag that police said is full of weapons stolen from a home invasion in Connecticut.
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Authorities had issued a notice of a black Hyundai Santa Fe with Pennsylvania plates that was reported stolen Monday around 9:30 p.m. Police believed Manfredonia may have been responsible for the theft and used the vehicle as his now third third stolen getaway car.
Before the latest observation Wednesday, Manfredonia was spotted on surveillance video released by an Uber at a Walmart in East Stroudsburg, Penn. He then walked behind the building and onto the train tracks.
Investigators believe he paid tribute to the trip after stealing his kidnapping victim and his getaway car at a New Jersey rest stop on Interstate 80 in Knowlton Township, Warren County, near the Pennsylvania border.
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Manfredonia, a college degree in finance and mechanical engineering, is accused of killing Ted DeMers, a 62-year-old Navy veteran, and stabbing another man in Willington, Conn., On Friday. The two men were reportedly found after finding Manfredonia walking along a road and offering him a ride back to his motorcycle. Manfredonia has been on the run ever since.
Manfredonia may have encountered the two men while on his way to the house of an ex-girlfriend, whose family had taken out a restraining order against him, reports.
Police said he then committed a home invasion in Willington later Friday and held a 73-year-old man against his will until early Sunday morning, when he went with stolen food, three shotguns, a gun and the man’s truck.
That vehicle was found abandoned at 6:45 a.m. near Osbornedale State Park in New Haven County, Conn., And placed in a raised embankment.
Investigators believe Manfredonia walked about a mile from the crash site to Derby, Conn. Home of an acquaintance, 23-year-old Nicholas Eisele, whom he allegedly shot dead.
Manfredonia is accused of subsequently kidnapping the man’s girlfriend and stealing their black Volkswagen Jetta 2016 to escape. That car was located by New Jersey State Police Sunday afternoon at the I-80 Knowlton Township rest stop. The woman was unharmed during the incident, police say.
The FBI, as well as many other law enforcement agencies, including the Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania police, and local police departments in Derby and Ansonia, Conn., Continue its active search and investigation.
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Manfredonia is a 2015 graduate of Newtown High School. He is a senior at the University of Connecticut, but did not live on campus during the crime or during recent vacations, UConn spokesman Stephanie Reitz told WVIT.
He grew up on the same street as Sandy Hook Elementary School gunman Adam Lanza, the Hartford Courant reported.