|Published:||Jun 13, 2013 4:02 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 13, 2013 4:59 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- After an exhaustive manhunt, the search for Crime Stoppers Most Wanted fugitive has ended.
This afternoon, members of the New York-New Jersey US Marshals Fugitive Task Force took Robert Toribio, 39, into custody in Manhattan. Members of the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, based out of Fort Myers, have been working closely with their Task Force counterparts in New York/New Jersey for the last few months, with the strong belief that he was hiding out in the New York City or Newark, NJ area. That information was confirmed when Toribio was arrested shortly before 2:30 this afternoon at 57th Street and 10th Avenue in New York City. Toribio was charged with second degree murder and sexual battery and was taken into custody without incident.
Toribio is accused of raping and murdering Darla Miller in January 2013, just days after her 22nd birthday. Miller was found at 8:02 a.m. on January 19th by a passer by, who contacted the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a body wrapped in bed sheets at 27966 Oakland Drive, Bonita Springs. A thorough investigation was conducted, and through information garnered through that process, coupled with DNA evidence, a warrant for Toribio’s arrest was issued on March 7, 2013. From that point on, members of the US Marshal’s Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force worked relentlessly on finding Toribio, which led to his apprehension this afternoon. Last month, he was added to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers 10 Most Wanted list.
Toribio has an extensive criminal history in New York, and had just been released from prison in Attica, after serving an eight year sentence for various violent crimes. He had been in Southwest Florida barely six months before being accused of murdering Darla Miller.