Police were called to the report of an assault in Willington Friday morning.

UPDATE: Peter Manfredonia was captured on May 27 in Maryland.


WILLINGTON, CT (WFSB) -- Troopers were called to the report of a serious assault in Willington Friday morning.

It happened in the area of Mirtl Road around 9 a.m.

Police said one man died from his injuries and another was seriously injured during the assault. 

They said this appears to have been an isolated incident.

Family has identified the victim who was killed as Ted Demers. 

Demers was an artist, a Marine, and someone who liked to bring the neighborhood families together. 

Demers' wife Cindy said he didn't know the suspect. She says her husband left to take a look at the suspect's motorcycle at Ted's barn down the road. 

"He has bonfires in his backyard, always invited us to go. Very generous, very caring, wonderful neighbor. He'd do just about anything for you," said Karen Jedrziewski, a neighbor. 

Troopers are asking folks to be on the look-out for 23-year-old Peter Manfredonia, who was last seen leaving the scene of the serious assault, armed with an edged weapon.

Police said the suspect was driving a red motorcycle, which was found.

The operator was wearing a white/multi-color helmet and dark clothing. Police are still searching for him. 

Manfredonia is considered armed and dangerous. 

A UConn spokesperson confirmed on Saturday Manfredonia is a senior at the school and is part of the School of Engineering / School of Business MEM (Management and Engineering for Management) program. 

The spokesperson said Manfredonia first enrolled at UConn in the fall of 2015. He is not currently living on the UConn campus. 

The university released a statement Saturday evening: 

"The university expresses its deepest, most heartfelt sympathies to the victims and their families in this horrible, incomprehensible tragedy. They are all in our thoughts.

With respect to the student in question, 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."

If spotted, people should not approach the suspect, but call 9-1-1.

Stay with Ch. 3 as more information becomes available.

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