Jun 30, 2020
UConn senior accused of murder held another person captive for 24 hours: warrant
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The University of Connecticut senior accused of two murders also held another person captive inside his home for nearly 24 hours and told that person that he “just flipped” before the killings, according to a warrant unsealed Monday.
Manfredonia, 23, is being held on $7 million bond on charges he killed 62-year-old Theodore DeMers with a samurai sword in Willington on May 22, and fatally shot a high school acquaintance two days later.
DeMers was found by his neighbors with a severed right hand, the flesh of his tricep almost completely split from his body, a left thumb and index finger chopped off and multiple lacerations on his head and back, NBC News reported.
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During the attack, Manfredonia allegedly wounded 80-year-old navy vet John Franco, who had tried to intervene. He then took off on a motorcycle described by a witness as a “crotch rocket,” the warrant said.
Just four days earlier, on May 18, a woman who lived on the same street as DeMers told police she had broken up with Manfredonia because she discovered he’d hacked into her social media accounts in April, the Hartford Courant reported.
Peter Manfredonia is being held on $7 million bond on charges he slayed 62-year-old Theodore DeMers with a samurai sword in Willington on May 22, and fatally shot a high school acquaintance two days later. (Washington County Sheriff's Office)
On May 20, she said she sent Manfredonia a screenshot of the text of a state law indicating that hacking into her accounts was a crime — but never heard back, the court doc said. She had considered getting a restraining order against him.
She told authorities that Manfredonia had an “obsession with samurai swords” and owned two.
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The warrant also reveals that a 73-year-old man told state police that, the day after DeMers was killed, Manfredonia broke into his Willington home and held him captive at gunpoint.
The man said he was asleep in his recliner when he was abruptly awakened by a young man holding a gun to the back of his head at about 5:15 a.m. on May 23.
“He had a blank look on his face,” the man recalled. “I hadn’t seen a picture of the murder suspect yet on the news but I was thinking that it was probably him.”
Manfredonia allegedly used zip ties to bind the home invasion victim’s hands and duct-taped him to a chair in the basement.
He asked Manfredonia “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.”
The captive tried to suggest that Manfredonia should call the cops and work out a deal — but the student didn’t want to turn himself in.
“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 man said.
At some point, a neighbor came by and called to say he was at the door. When the neighbor asked to meet up in the morning, the captive agreed — even though Manfredonia had told him to say they should meet two days from then.
Manfredonia packed food, money, a grill lighter and other items from the man’s house and left at around 5:15 a.m.
Later that day, police say Manfredonia shot and killed 23-year-old Nicholas Eisele in Derby.
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He was nabbed three days later in Maryland and brought back to Connecticut to face charges of murder, assault, home invasion, kidnapping and related crimes. He is also expected to face separate charges in Eisele’s murder.
His next court date is set for July 10.
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Rutgers University Senior Fighting To Lower Tuition For Remote Only Learning
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – As colleges and universities grapple with how to safely reopen campuses this fall, many are resorting to online classrooms and virtual learning, without lowering the price of admission.
CBS2’s Jessica Moore spoke with a Rutgers University student behind a petition to lower tuition.
“They can try to justify it and say we’re getting what we’re paying for, but we’re not,” Shreya Patel told Moore. “It’s pretty simple that remote education is not the same as education fees.”
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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rutgers will offer some in-person classes this fall, but the business school, where Patel is a rising senior, will all be online.
“They’re still charging us campus fees, and the campus fees usually go toward student centers, recreation services, concerts, things like that,” she said. “Obviously, none of that is happening right now.”
Patel started a Change.org petition to lower tuition costs for students. So far, it has at least 23,000 signatures of support.
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She said her calls to the university have been ignored.
A spokesperson told CBS2:
A robust Rutgers education, whether delivered in a remote, hybrid or in-person fashion, is comprehensive and is provided by some of the finest scholars in American higher education.
The university does not anticipate any reduction in tuition.
Rutgers is not alone. This week, Harvard and Georgetown announced fewer students would be allowed on campus this fall but tuition would remain the same. Princeton said it’s cutting its tuition by 10%.
“It does give me hope knowing that other schools are doing it because I know a lot of other schools aren’t, like Rutgers isn’t the only school that’s not giving a tuition cut. Which I think it’s just a bigger problem. It just sheds a light and makes it worse,” said Patel. “Hopefully, this petition gains more attention for other schools, too.”
She hopes the university will at least consider cutting campus fees, which she said cost roughly $14,000 – not a small sum for families struggling to get by during a global pandemic.
The Rutgers Board of Governors did freeze tuition and fees for the coming year, rather than implementing an increase.