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Manhunt: Police Say Armed College Student Killed 2 Men, Is on the Run


Peter Manfredonia

Connecticut State Police are looking for a college student who allegedly killed two men, and robbed a third. Peter Manfredonia, 23, is armed and dangerous, say cops.

They think he might be armed with pistols and long guns. Officers said they were on the lookout for a 2016 black Volkswagen Jetta with the license plate CT AU78524 as of Sunday afternoon. It featured a bumper sticker on the driver’s side, saying “Sandy Hook Tribute Victim #26.” Later, they announced the vehicle had been found in New Jersey near the Pennsylvania border. An update Sunday evening said that Manfredonia had been last seen in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

The suspect is a senior at the University of Connecticut, according to The Hartford CourantHe was described by police as a while male, standing 6’3″, and weighing 240 pounds. He might have been seen on Tomlinson Road on Sunday morning, wearing a gray t-shirt, gray sweatpants, and possessing a bag.

Manfredonia allegedly killed Ted DeMers, 62. Cynthia DeMers, who was the late man’s wife, said her husband and an elderly neighbor saw the suspect walking down the road, and had offered to help him. Manfredonia had needed a ride to his motorcycle.

Police said that the other man sustained serious injuries in the attack, and his life might be in danger because of this.

According to investigators, Manfredonia also killed an acquaintance of his and left his body at the victim’s home. Police didn’t identify the alleged victim who knew the suspect.

Manfredonia robbed food, guns, and a vehicle from another man, who was uninjured. Cops said they found the stolen vehicle Sunday morning at 6:45 a.m. It had been abandoned.

Update – May 24, 6:50 p.m.: We added some developments about the search, and added what police said were more recent pictures of Manfredonia.

[Image via Connecticut State Police]

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