By Jason Bermas
January 26, 2013

Who was the man in camouflage running from officers in this video?

NEWTOWN — Many people have identified the man in the woods as Chris Manfredonia, a father of one of the students allegedly on his way to Sandy Hook Elementary School the day the horrific shooting took place, to bake gingerbread cookies with students.

But is that the case?

It does seem Mr. Manfredonia was detained, but is he the man in the camo pants?

First let’s look at the official timeline as reported by ABC News;

9:40 a.m.: Shooting reported to state police. State troopers descend on the scene, as well as federal agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.

11 a.m.: Police give the first indications that there are multiple fatalities inside. Fifty minutes later, they announce that most of the dead are children.”

So the first police response to the media is around 11 in the morning as more and more emergency workers, police, and tactical squads arrive.

This is around 1 hour and 20 minutes after the event is reported. According to Media reports it is not until 12:24 p.m. the man in the woods is spotted and chased as reported by ABC News;

“12:24 p.m.: Law enforcement agents with weapons drawn seen running into wooded area behind the school.”

This indicates that whoever was in the woods was there for 2 hours and 44 minutes after the attack!

This makes the case that the person was hiding, as he clearly runs away in the video. If you were a father after the police arrived wouldn’t you want to ensure your child was safe?

It appears that another man was also detained other than Mr. Manfredonia as we have witness accounts of two seperate people in cuffs.

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Notice that the second man mentions he is in the front seat of the car. Why would a suspect be put in the front seat? What if it were an off duty police officer from another town?

The Newtown Bee reported, “A man with a gun who was spotted in the woods near the school on the day of the incident was an off-duty tactical squad police officer from another town, according to the source.”

So now we have a report of an armed tactical squad officer in the woods almost 3 hours after the attack? Why is this man’s name never revealed to the media, and with the media everywhere why has there been no video of this man released.

In fact, we have confirmation that such footage exists.

At 2:20 reporter Erin Logan confirms they have footage of this man.

Staff of have attempted to obtain this footage by contacting both Logan and WTNH itself, however we were met with resistance and have been unable to get this footage to put to rest once and for all who the man in camo really was.


Jason Bermas is a documentary filmmaker and investigative journalist working with a popular alternative news website.

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