Peter Manfredonia Wiki – Biography
Peter Manfredonia is a Connecticut man and UConn student who is wanted in connection to two homicides, a brutal assault and a home invasion in which several guns were stolen, Connecticut State Police say. Manfredonia, of Sandy Hook, is a suspect in a Friday, May 22, murder and attack on Mill Road in Willington, along with a killing in Derby during an ongoing three-day rampage, state police said in a press release.
Manfredonia is a native of the Sandy Hook section of Newtown, Connecticut, and graduated from Newtown High School in 2015. He has been a student at the University of Connecticut since then. Manfredonia was initially set to graduate from UConn in 2019, but did not. On Linkedin, Manfredonia said he is an honors student at UConn studying mechanical engineering.
Stephanie Reitz, a UConn spokesperson, said in a statement that Manfredonia has been a student in UConn’s joint School of Engineering/School of Business MEM (Management and Engineering for Management) program. He was taking summer classes, but was not living on campus, Reitz said. She said in a statement:
UConn is in contact with Connecticut State Police and providing any assistance and information that may assist with their investigation. Since the investigation remains open and active, the University will not be making additional comments at this time.
The university expresses its deepest, most heartfelt sympathies to the victims and their families in this horrible, incomprehensible tragedy. While the University can’t discuss specific individuals or cases, UConn strives to do everything possible to identify and engage with students of concern and to provide them with all the assistance and resources we can both for their own well-being and that of the wider community.
Manfredonia says on his Linkedin page he has worked as a financial operations analyst at Bozzuto’s in Cheshire since 2016. The company could not immediately be reached for comment by Heavy. Manfredonia wrote on Linkedin, “Assessed multiple positions as assistant to the Chief Financial Officer of Bozzuto’s Inc, one of the North East’s largest wholesale distributors. Partook in negotiations with multiple high-interest clients and partners. Project designer for mobile application with the objective of expanding consumer interest in both online market experience and in-store experience.”
Peter Manfredonia Age
Peter Manfredonia is 23 years old.
Connecticut State Police said they do not believe Manfredonia knew the victims in the Willington homicide and assault. Police said in a statement, Manfredonia “was seen leaving the scene of a homicide and serious assault” on Mirtl Road in Willington about 9 a.m. on May 22. One man was killed and another was seriously wounded. According to police, the men were attacked by a sharp object, possibly a knife or machete.
The victim who was killed has been identified on a GoFundMe page set up to help his family as Ted Demers, 62. Demers was a woodworker who was at his barn when he was attacked and killed, according to his family.
Demers’s wife, Cynthia, told the Hartford Courant her husband and the other man offered to help Manfredonia when they saw him walking on the road. He said he needed a ride back to where he had parked his motorcycle, she told the newspaper. Cynthia Demers told the Courant, “It could have been anybody who offered him a ride. It could have been any of my neighbors’ husbands. It just happened to be mine.”
The second victim, described as an elderly neighbor of the Demers, suffered injuries considered to be “extremely serious, potentially life-threatening,” Dorelus said Friday. The second victim has not been identified and an update on his condition was not immediately available on Sunday.
Manfredonia was seen leaving the scene of the attacks in Willington on a red motorcycle, but police later found the bike abandoned. Police issued an alert on Saturday, about 5:30 p.m., identifying Manfredonia as a suspect in the slaying and assault and saying, “He was wearing dark clothing and is considered ARMED AND DANGEROUS. If seen do not approach and call 911. Anyone with information, please contact Eastern District Major Crimes – Troop C at 860-896-3200.”
After the attacks on Mirtl Road in Willington, Manfredonia is believed to have broken into a home on Turnpike Road in Willington Saturday night while at least one person was home, police said. According to police, Manfredonia is believed to have stolen shotguns and a pistol from the house during the home invasion. He also stole a truck, state police said.
“The homeowner was held against his will. The suspect that we know from Willington took supplies to include food and the victim’s truck,” Trooper First Class Christine Jeltema, the state police public information officer, said at a Sunday press conference. “We also learned that firearms were taken from the home. The victim on Turnpike Road was not injured and he refused treatment at the scene. The suspect then took the victim’s truck, drove it down to Derby where it was located near Osbornedale State Park.”
The truck taken from the Willington home was found crashed and abandoned in Derby about 6:45 a.m. Sunday on Hawthorne Avenue at Cullens Hill Road, police said. It is not known when exactly the crash occurred. Police began searching the area of Osbornedale State Park in Seymour and Derby Sunday morning after suspecting he was possibly there. The park was closed down. But by Sunday afternoon, authorities in both towns said he was not located. The search included the area of Great Hill Road and Roosevelt Drive, also known as Route 34, Seymour Police said.
“It is believed that the homicide suspect from earlier today is no longer to be in the area. Thank you for the public’s assistance with this matter,” Seymour Police said on Facebook.
Derby Police said, “Out of an abundance of caution, residents will see a heavy police presence of local police officers and Connecticut State Police troopers along with aerial reconnaissance while they search for the suspect and look for evidence. Residents are asked to remain vigilant as this suspect is considered armed and highly dangerous.”
Police were also at a home on Roosevelt Drive, Route 34, where a second homicide was being investigated Sunday morning. The Courant reports Manfredonia is also a suspect in that killing. Few details about the Derby homicide have been released.
Peter Manfredonia Criminal History
Manfredonia was a student at Newtown High School in 2012 when 20 students and six educators were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in his hometown. Since then, Manfredonia has been active in raising money and awareness for anti-gun-violence groups, his social media pages show.
On Linkedin, Manfredonia, who played football at Newtown High School, said he was the marketing coordinator for Dream Ride, a Cheshire-based nonprofit. Manfredonia wrote he, “organized, developed and oversaw a marketing campaign over multiple online platforms for the Hometown Foundation. Worked with the Dream Ride charity, raising money to benefit the Special Olympics and CT Law Enforcement.”
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In 2019, Manfredonia posted a Facebook fundraiser saying he was participating in the 34th Annual Dave Parcells Madison Triathlon, “to raise awareness for multiple contemporary social/environmental issues. It will also serve as preparation for my iron man next year that will continue the same tradition, except just like an iron man is to a triathlon… it will be bigger and better. Making progress will be a reoccurring theme in my astute little manifesto that ensues, so make sure you please pay attention.”
Manfredonia said money raised during the event would support Sandy Hook Promise and a foundation set up in honor of one of the children killed in the shooting, along with Connecticut Children’s Hospital, the Environmental Defense Fund, Planned Parenthood, the World Wildlife Fund, Students for a Free Tibet, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the American Brain Foundation. Manfredonia wrote:
“CHARITY IS A POWERFUL TOOL IN INFLUENCING DEMOCRACY! We can’t always control politics but with the coordination of charitable effort we can still help influence a better future. It’s the easiest way for you to help leave a positive impact on the world. I will post links for each one separately and thanks again for any and all support. Everything helps, not just monetary aid! PLEASE like and share as well. LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD AND BECOME PART OF A MOVEMENT!”
Police were searching for Manfredonia in the area of Derby and Seymour on Sunday, May 24, but Seymour Police said on Facebook they no longer believe he is in the area. Manfredonia is possibly driving a 2016 black Volkswagen Jetta, state police said in an alert posted on Facebook. The “be on the lookout” announcement has also been flashing on highway signs around Connecticut. Residents are asked to not approach Manfredonia and to call 911 if he is seen.
State police described Manfredonia as a white male about 6 foot 3 inches tall who weighs 240 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt, gray sweatpants, and was carrying a bag, according to police. He is possibly armed with guns and a knife or machete, police said. He has black disheveled hair, state police said.