Three from Sussex arrested in Massachusetts homicide probe

SUSSEX COUNTY – The Delaware State Police report the arrests of three suspects from Sussex County in connection with the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old Massachusetts man just over a year ago.

Nicholas A. Mandato

Thomas J. Warner

Nicholas A. Mandato, 20, of Dagsboro; Thomas J. Warner, 21, of Selbyville; and Kenneth J. Pitts, 18, of Frankford have been arrested by the state police homicide unit. They were identified as the suspects in the June 6, 2017 shooting incident which resulted in the death of Bryce Finn, an 18-year-old Haverhill, Massachusetts man, state police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz said.

According to state police, on June 6, 2017 Bryce Finn was shot and killed when he answered his front door at his home in Haverhill. The Essex District Attorney’s Office, Essex State Police Detective Unit and the Haverhill Police Department conducted an intensive investigation that ultimately yielded information about potential suspects in Delaware.

Kenneth J. Pitts Jr.

Investigators reached out to the Delaware State Police to coordinate the identification and apprehension of the suspects. Delaware State Police Homicide Unit detectives were contacted and through investigative measures assisted the Essex District Attorney’s Office, ESSEX State Police Detective Unit and Haverhill Police Department in the apprehension of the three suspects.

Mandato was arrested on a warrant out of Haverhill District Court by the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit. He waived rendition and returned to Massachusetts Wednesday, July 11.

The other suspects were arrested yesterday by the homicide unit detectives. Warner turned himself in to Delaware State Police Troop 4 in Georgetown, and Pitts was arrested July 11 incident in Bethany Beach. Both suspects are in custody at the Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown.

In Delaware, all three suspects were charged with fugitive-from-another-state for the homicide in Massachusetts, Sgt. Bratz said.

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