Chance sighting by CT detective led to Manfredonia’s arrest: state police

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At a truck stop in Hagerstown, Maryland Wednesday night, as Connecticut State Police detectives provided a team of investigators with the physical description of Peter Manfredonia — the double murder suspect they’d been hunting across multiple states for six days — he was suddenly spotted just 20 feet away.

“As they were talking about his height — 6-3, 6-4 — one of the team members turned and approximately 20 feet away from them was a gentleman who was 6-foot-4,” said Lt. Michael Pendleton, commander of the Central District Major Crime Squad, said during a news conference Thursday at state police headquarters in Middletown.

Connecticut State Police Detective Michael Zella, who was providing the update, then looked over at the tall man and noticed he was wearing red sneakers.

With the side view profile matching the photos law enforcement had of Manfredonia — right down to the red sneakers — Zella and the others approached the man with their guns drawn and ordered him to get on the ground.

He led police to a black bag around 200 yards away, which contained a firearm authorities believe to be the weapon used in the Derby homicide. +5 Captured in Maryland: Double murder suspect Manfredonia arrested after 6-day manhunt

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