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Ariz. man wanted for alleged sex crimes caught in Fla.


An Arizona couple on the run from the law was arrested just moments before they were about to set sail out of south Florida and make a dash for freedom.

Robert Van Gundy is wanted in Arizona for alleged sex crimes.

US Marshals got a tip he was in Florida about to sail to the Bahamas on a boat he just bought.

He told friends he would never be taken alive, but US Marshals proved him wrong.

US Marshals say Robert Van Gundy was readying a 31 foot sailboat for an escape to the Bahamas, but his plans were foiled when he were arrested on the dock of a south Florida marina.

"We snuck up behind them, so basically surprise them and they had no idea we were there and arrested them without incident," said Barry Golden with US Marshals Service.

Gundy was arrested on a warrant issued when he didn't appear before an Arizona judge on 16 charges of sexual contact and sexual exploitation of a minor.

His wife Arielle was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon.

The US Marshals service thinks once the couple left Arizona, they ended up a motel where they had been living for the last several weeks while they got a sailboat ready for the trip.

They bought it July 31 for $4,000.

Boaters call Van Gundy and his wife pleasant and recall seeing them with their three dogs as they made several trips each day to their sailboat.

On the boat, was a stockpile of weapons and ammo, which is why it was critical Marshals took them down before they reached the boat.

"They made statements he would not be taken alive, so when you have someone who is making those kind of statements and you have fire arms involved, there's a huge concern for safety with law enforcement," said Golden.

Gundy is an amateur sailor and investigators say he posted on this a "cruising blog" for advice:

"I want to cruise the Bahamas and maybe farther.. I would like to sail from Biscayne to Bimini...I will freely admit that the gulf stream crossing scares the crap of me...I'm not from this area (Miami, FL) so I don't know anyone..I'm from the desert and in a strange land."

Marshals think he was just days away from setting sail and escaping the long arm of the law.

He is expected to appear before a federal judge there in Miami sometime Thursday.

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