Morgantown police found Joseph Anthony Manna, 27, at a city homeless shelter about 10 p.m. Sunday, Moon police said. He was being held at Doddridge Regional Jail in West Virginia.
A hospital security guard at a hospital saw a photo of Manna on the TV news and recognized him as a man treated for a cut on his hand and sent to a homeless shelter, Chief Leo McCarthy said. Manna has an identifiable tattoo on the side of his neck.
“I’m very, very pleased he’s been apprehended,” McCarthy said. “I hope that the victims feel some peace of mind knowing this guy is in jail.”
Manna is accused of stabbing an unidentified man in Stowe. Police believe he is tied to three carjackings on Saturday in Moon that victimized women along Brodhead and Purdy roads. Police described him as a homeless fugitive, previously from McKees Rocks.
“I would call this a crime spree,” McCarthy said. “I don’t know what his motivation was.”
Driving a pickup police said he stole from a Stowe couple, Manna rammed the vehicles of two women in Moon early Saturday before pulling a third woman from her Mini Cooper by saying he needed to her cell phone, McCarthy said.
“It’s pretty nasty,” he said. “We’re really fortunate the women weren’t injured or killed.”
West Virginia State Police reported an abandoned vehicle matching the Mini Cooper’s description was found near Morgantown. Moon police plan to examine the car for any blood or fingerprints that match Manna’s, who was hurt during the stabbing.
“The pickup truck he crashed, there was a lot of blood inside,” McCarthy said.