Hunt for Killer with Bag of Guns, Compared Himself to Sandy Hook Shooter


Authorities say that, despite media reports of a capture, 23-year-old accused killer Peter Manfredonia, who compared himself to the Sandy Hook shooter, is still being pursued in 3 states and is considered armed and dangerous.

Multistate hunt for suspected killer

University of Connecticut student Peter Manfredonia is the subject of a multistate manhunt in connection with the killing of two people and an abduction, CNN reported. Law enforcement agencies from three states, as well as the FBI, are involved in the search to capture the suspect.

Manfredonia was a senior at the UConn joint School of Engineering/School of Business Management and Engineering for Management program, according to a UConn spokeswoman who added that he was not currently attending summer courses nor had been living on the campus.

Manfredonia’s parents have urged him to turn himself in. CBS reported that Mike Dolan, an attorney representing Manfredonia’s family, said the suspect has struggled with mental health issues and has “sought the help of a number of therapists.”

Wanted for 2 suspected murders and an abduction

Manfredonia is wanted in connection with the killing of one man and causing serious injury to another on Friday morning in Willington, according to a news release by the Connecticut State Police.

He is also suspected in the killing of a male acquaintance in Derby, as well as is also accused of a home invasion in which he stole a duffel bag full of guns, an abduction, and grand theft auto.

“It is believed that Manfredonia does not have ties to the area and does not have a vehicle,” a statement by police said. “He may attempt to solicit ride-sharing services, possibly through a third party means, to flee the area.”

Multiple victims

On Friday, May 22, Manfredonia allegedly killed a 62-year-old man and used “an edged weapon” to seriously injure another man. Police report that the motive is unclear and they don’t believe he had any ties to the victims.

However, Manfredonia is also accused of killing a male acquaintance, 23-year-old Nicholas J. Eisele before forcing Eisele’s girlfriend into her car and fleeing the state with her.

Eisele was found dead in his Derby, Connecticut home on Sunday. Police believe that Manfredonia stole a black Volkswagen Jetta from the victim’s home, CNN reported.

Police allege that Manfredonia committed a home invasion robbery on Sunday in Willington, Connecticut, in which he stole pistols and long guns, and then stealing the homeowner’s car. The vehicle was later found abandoned at a nearby state park, according to police.

Also on Sunday, Manfredonia reportedly spotted in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

Accused killer left message on wall comparing himself to Sandy Hook shooter

Multiple sources, including The Daily Voice, are alleging that authorities found a message that Manfredonia left scrawled on the wall of his dorm room at the University of Connecticut in which he compared himself to the infamous Sandy Hook school shooter.

The International Business Times posted a photo online of the alleged message.

“We saw what happened when Adam [Lanza] snapped,” the alleged the message reads. “Now they see what happens when I snap.’

However, FOX61 is reporting that Manfredonia and his family had deep connections in Newtown, Connecticut. The report said: “On Manfredonia‘s Instagram account, there are pictures of his association with two organizations that arose from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in December 2012.”

Newtown is where the tragic Sandy Hook school shootings occurred in 2012 where 20 children and six educators were shot to death.

However, it should be noted that no other major media outlets, including FOX61, are reporting on the alleged note. At this point, reports about an alleged note should be viewed cautiously as they may or may not be factual.

Be on the lookout – do not approach

Police say that Peter Manfredonia is six-foot-three inches tall and he weighs about 240 pounds. When last spotted had black disheveled hair and was believed to be armed with pistols and long guns.

“Do NOT approach, he is ARMED AND DANGEROUS, call 911 immediately,” Connecticut State Police urged.