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’10 Most Wanted Fugitive’ Lived Quietly Before Arrest, Neighbor Says

April 25, 1985

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) _ A couple arrested in connection with the slaying of a New Jersey state trooper and bombings in the New York City area had been living quietly with their children in a middle-class neighborhood, a neighbor said.

Thomas W. Manning, a fugitive on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list since 1982, was arrested Wednesday in his front yard about 10 minutes after his wife, Carol Ann Manning, was arrested at a shopping center a mile away, said Agent Jack Wagner, head of the FBI’s Norfolk office.

″He was lying down in the yard sunning,″ Wagner said. ″We caught him totally unawares. It was a very, very quiet apprehension. It was easy.″

Neither Manning, 38, nor his wife offered any resistance, he said.

Manning was held on charges that he robbed banks in Augusta and Portland, Maine, in 1975. His wife was arrested on a charge of robbing the Augusta bank, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Seidel.

U.S. Magistrate Gilbert R. Swink ordered them held without bond until a hearing Friday.

″They stayed to themselves,″ said Lou Thompson, a retired sales clerk who lived next door to the Mannings.Mrs. Thompson said she and her husband ″just couldn’t believe it″ when FBI agents arrested Manning.

FBI officials said they had been watching a business they refused to identify in neighboring Virginia Beach, where they expected the Mannings to show up. Mrs. Manning went there Wednesday and agents followed her to the shopping center where she was arrested.

The Mannings and their children - Jeremy, 11, Tamara, 5, and Jonathan, 3, - had been living in a downstairs apartment of a house since November, said Mrs. Thompson, who never met the Mannings.

The Manning children were placed in the custody of social service workers.

The FBI planned to obtain a warrant to search the Manning home and try to find out what they were doing in Norfolk, said Wagner.

Manning was indicted along with Richard Williams in the December 1981 slaying of Trooper Philip Lamonaco, whose death after stopping a car sparked New Jersey’s largest manhunt since the 1932 kidnapping of the son of aviator Charles A. Lindbergh.

Williams was arrested in November in Cleveland with other people the FBI alleges were involved in terrorist activities.

The FBI said the Mannings and their children apparently had lived in northeastern Ohio since the fall of 1983, but fled before authorities found their home during two separate raids Nov. 4, 1984.

The Mannings were among seven people charged March 12 with bombing 10 New York-area companies and military offices in what authorities said was a two- year political terror spree by the United Freedom Front.

The other five charged in the New York bombings were arrested in the Cleveland area in November. Along with Williams, they include Raymond Luc Levasseur and his wife, Patricia Gros; and Jaan Karl Laaman, and his wife, Barbara Curzi.

Williams has been returned to New Jersey to stand trial in the Lamonaco killing. The others are in custody in various places awaiting trial on a variety of charges.

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