Warrant: College student accused in killings ‘just flipped’

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Peter Manfredonia, 23, is a University of Connecticut pupil who police say used a machete to kill a person and fatally shot a lady, then spent six days as a fugitive till he was arrested in Maryland. —Connecticut State Police through AP

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A University of Connecticut pupil charged with killing two folks and critically injuring a 3rd advised a witness “he just flipped” when he fatally slashed the primary sufferer with a sword and he was remorseful, in accordance with an arrest warrant affidavit launched Monday.

Connecticut State Police launched the warrant charging Peter Manfredonia, 23, from Newtown, with homicide, tried homicide and assaulting an aged particular person in reference to the violent assaults in Willington on May 22. He additionally is predicted to be charged with homicide within the killing of one other man in Derby on May 24.

Manfredonia, a UConn senior who was learning finance and mechanical engineering, was arrested in Hagerstown, Maryland, on May 27, ending a six-day police search in a number of states.

The witness advised police that Manfredonia broke into his Willington dwelling after the primary assault, held a gun to his head, tied him up and held him hostage for about 24 hours. He stated they’d a number of conversations earlier than Manfredonia took his firearms and drove off in his truck.

“I asked if he wants to talk about what took place with the murder and he told me that he hadn’t slept for 5 days and that he just flipped,” the person advised police, in accordance with the warrant. “He said he didn’t know why he did it and that he was remorseful for it. … He was very careful about what he would say and it seemed like he didn’t want to face the reality of what happened.”

The man stated he instructed Manfredonia flip himself in, however Manfredonia advised him that wasn’t an choice.

“He told me he was going to have two good weeks and then he figured it would end in either a shootout, the death penalty, or life in prison,” the person advised police. Manfredonia surrendered peacefully to police after they noticed him and drew their weapons, officers stated.

Authorities allege Manfredonia killed 62-year-old Ted DeMers and critically wounded one other man in what gave the impression to be a samurai sword assault. The assault got here whereas DeMers was giving Manfredonia a trip on the again of an ATV to Manfredonia’s bike, which Manfredonia stated he crashed down the street, the warrant stated. The wounded man survived.

It’s not clear why Manfredonia was in DeMers’ neighborhood. But a feminine acquaintance of Manfredonia’s who lives close to DeMers’ dwelling advised police she stopped seeing him after studying on March 18 that he had hacked into her social media accounts, police stated. She had thought of getting a restraining order in opposition to Manfredonia, police stated.

State police additionally stated Manfredonia had been “associated with numerous law enforcement investigations to include suicidal and homicidal ideation.”

Manfredonia’s lawyer, Michael Dolan, declined to touch upon the allegations within the warrant however stated, “We plan to mount a vigorous defense.” Dolan has stated that Manfredonia had a historical past of melancholy and anxiousness, however had by no means proven indicators of violence.

After the house invasion, police stated Manfredonia drove about 70 miles (110 kilometers) southwest to Derby and fatally shot a highschool acquaintance, 23-year-old Nicholas Eisele. Manfredonia, then compelled Eisele’s girlfriend right into a automotive and fled the state.

The lady was discovered unhurt with the automotive at a relaxation cease close to close to Columbia, New Jersey, close to the Pennsylvania line.

Investigators tracked Manfredonia to Pennsylvania, the place police stated he took an Uber to a Walmart in East Stroudsburg. Authorities searched the world however didn’t discover him. A person becoming his description was later noticed close to Scranton, Pennsylvania, prompting one other search there.

Police consider Manfredonia stole a automotive and deserted it in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, earlier than taking one other Uber to Hagerstown, the place he was captured.

Manfredonia is being held on $7 million bail. He is scheduled to seem in courtroom once more on July 30 in reference to the Willington crimes.