Robert Joseph Van Gundy wanted on child crime charges in Arizona, captured in Florida

PHOENIX - A man wanted in Yavapai County for crimes against children was arrested in Miami, Florida on Wednesday.

Robert Joseph Van Gundy was picked up by U.S Marshals and Task Force Officers after a warrant was issued for his arrest for failing to appear in court.

Van Gundy, 29, was due to go to trial for various sex crimes including luring a minor for sexual exploitation and sexual conduct with a minor, according to a U.S. Marshals news release. Bail was set at $500,000.

Authorities had received information that Van Gundy was hiding out in the Miami area with his wife, Arielle who had been reported by her family as a missing person.

Van Gundy and his wife were reported to be living on a small boat at a marina and planned to leave the United States soon.

As officers approached the couple, Arielle reached into her purse but was quickly taken into custody. Authorities found a small pistol inside the purse. She was charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

"Criminals who prey on children are a high priority for the U.S. Marshals Service, due to their propensity to continue to abuse children," said David P. Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona.

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