A COLLEGE student accused of two brutal murders allegedly killed one of his victims with a samurai sword.

Peter Manfredonia, 23, arrested in Maryland last month after a week-long manhunt, also took a man hostage for 24 hours during the multi-state search for him, according to court documents.


Manfredonia's first alleged victim, 62-year-old Ted DeMers in Willington, Connecticut, was found by neighbors with a severed right hand, and one of his triceps almost completely severed from his body, NBC news reported.

DeMers, who had given Manfredonia a ride after he claimed his motorbike had broken down, witnesses say, also suffered a severed left thumb and index finger, and multiple lacerations on his head and back.

He also attacked a second man, 80-year-old Navy veteran John Franco, who ran to DeMers' aid, but he suffered only minor injuries.


Police found the bent and bloody samurai sword in nearby woods, along with a Kawasaki motorbike and helmet, a blood-stained T-shirt, and Manfredonia's cell phone and driver's licence, according to the arrest affidavit.

A woman who told investigators she had stopped dating the UConn student a few days before the attack because he had logged into her social media accounts without permission said he had an “obsession with samurai swords” and owned at least two.

Manfredonia would kill again two days later, on May 24, when he shot his Newtown High School classmate Nicholas Eisele, 23, in the nearby town of Derby.

In between the two chilling murders, Manfredonia also held a man hostage in his home for 24 hours.

The 73-year-old Willington, CT, man, who was not named in the documents, said he was sleeping in his recliner in the early hours of May 23 when he woke up with Manfredonia holding a gun to his head.

Manfredonia, who tied the hostage to a chair in his basement, told the man he didn't know why he killed DeMers, only that he "just flipped".

The hostage later told police he asked his captor “if he wants to talk about what took place with the murder."

“He told me that he hadn’t slept for five days and he just flipped," the man said.

"He said he didn’t know why he did it and that he was remorseful for it."

At one point a neighbor came to visit, according to the man's statement, and he told the neighbor to come back tomorrow.

The next morning, Manfredonia took some items from the house and left. That day it is alleged he killed Eisele, and allegedly abducted Eisele's girlfriend in a stolen car.

The fugitive's arrest was a combined effort by police in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland – where he was ultimately arrested – as well as the FBI.

He is being held on a $7 million bond, facing charges of murder, assault, home invasion, kidnapping and related crimes.

He is next expected to appear in court on July 10.

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