Peter Manfredonia Arraigned For 2 Murders After Multi State Manhunt in May

This article was published on: 07/22/20 12:48 PM by Mike Minarsky

ON 7/20/20 at 10:15 PM Peter Manfredonia was formally charged and arrested while already in the custody of the Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown.

Manfredonia is the former UCONN student who attacked to older men on May 22, 2020 in Willington and left them laying in the middle of the road. One was a 62 year old Willington resident who died en route to the hospital, the 80 year old man was flown via Life star to Hartford Hospital where he underwent surgery. Police found a samurai sword covered in blood located in the woods, near the scene of the assault and homicide. On May 24, Derby Police located an abandoned Ford F-150 pickup just before 7 AM. The driver was trying to enter a field at Osborndale State Park but according to the arrest warrant it was hung up on large rocks that you couldn’t see due to very tall grass. The truck was registered to a 74 year old Willington man and found him duct taped to a chair in the basement with zip ties holding his arms behind his back. The man states that he had heard of the murder and ended up falling asleep in the guest room. He was “abruptly” woken by a young man hold a gun to the back of his head saying “If you turn around I will blow your (expletive) brains out. The man says that he turned around anyway to see as he described as a white man wearing a black t-shirt and sweat pants and looking soiled like he had been in the woods. He was also barefoot, and a blank look on is face. The 74 year old said that he had not seen a picture of the suspect that they were talking about on the news, but had a good idea that this was him.

Manfredonia then put duct tape around the man’s eyes took the man to the basement where Manfredonia proceeded to duct tape him to a chair, eventually removing the tape from the man’s eyes and head. During teh day at some point, conversation ensued and Manfredonia told the victim his name was “Rick.” The news came on and showed a picture of Manfredonia where the victim asked him if his name was really Peter. Manfredonia told the man that he wanted him to call him “Rick” just “for the hell of it.” Manfredonia went on to tell the victim that he hadn’t slept in 5 days and he had just “flipped.” Manfredonia said that he didn’t know why he did what he did and was “remorseful for it.” The suspect was held captive for approximately 24 hours and Manfredonia took $1000-$1500 in cash.

Also on May 24, A 911 call was made by a man stating “Manfredonia just stabbed Eisele and has taken his girlfriend captive.” Police and medical responders found 23 year old Nicholas Eisele laying face down in a pool of blood dead due to stab wounds in his 2nd floor apartment. His girlfriend was missing as well as her black 2016 Volkswagen Jetta. The warrant states that Eisele and Manfredonia knew each other from going to school in Newtown. Manfredonia was eventually captured in Hagerstown, Md after a multi-state manhunt. Manfredonia was charged with 2 counts of felony murder, 1st degree robbery, 1st degree kidnapping and others. Bond was set at $5,000,000 and he was arraigned in Milford Superior Court on July 21, 2020

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