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Double murder suspect Peter Manfredonia arrested after multistate manhunt

Connecticut murder suspect arrested

Peter Manfredonia, a 23-year-old University of Connecticut student accused of killing two people, was taken into custody Wednesday night, according to Connecticut State Police. Authorities had been searching for Manfredonia across Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland since Friday.

Manfredonia was believed to be armed and dangerous, but no law enforcement officers were hurt when they apprehended him at a truck stop in Hagerstown, Maryland. The FBI and U.S. Marshals assisted the local police department in the arrest.

The college senior is suspected of killing Ted DeMers, 62, and Nicholas Eisele, 23, before forcing Eisele's girlfriend into her car and fleeing the state with her.

The woman, 23, was located Sunday at a rest stop near Paterson, New Jersey, with her 2016 Volkswagen Jetta, police said. She was unharmed. 

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Peter Manfredonia booking photo from night of May 27, 2020 Washington County (Maryland) Sheriff's Office

She identified Manfredonia as her "captor," reports CBS Hartford, Connecticut, affiliate WFSB-TV.

"His family is relieved that Peter has brought this to a peaceful conclusion," said Michael Dolan, the attorney for Manfredonia's family.

Dolan said earlier that the suspect has struggled with mental health issues and has "sought the help of a number of therapists."

"Peter, if you are listening, you are loved," Dolan said at a news conference Monday. "It is time to let the healing process begin. It's time to surrender. You have your parents' and your sisters' and your family's entire support. So, Peter, from your parents, we love you, please turn yourself in."

Prior to his arrest, Manfredonia was last seen Sunday wearing a white T-shirt, dark shorts and carrying a large duffel bag near train tracks in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. 

Paterson is about a 90-minute drive from Derby, Connecticut, where Eisele was killed. East Stroudsburg is about an hour farther west on Interstate 80.

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