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Arizona Fugitive Nabbed In Miami Won’t Fight Extradition

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An Arizona man who was on the run from authorities appeared before a Miami judge on Thursday.  (Source: CBS4)

An Arizona man who was on the run from authorities appeared before a Miami judge on Thursday. (Source: CBS4)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Federal agents removed weapons from a boat where a fugitive from Arizona was allegedly staying with his wife.   The  couple who was on the run from authorities appeared before a Miami judge on Thursday, a day after Robert and Arielle Van Gundy were taken into custody by U.S. Marshals.

They were located, Wednesday, aboard a sailboat at Dinner Key marina in Coconut Grove.

Undercover federal agents said they have removed assault rifles and ammunition from the sailboat where the couple was allegedly staying.

Robert Van Gundy, 29, was wanted for several crimes including Sexual Conduct with a Minor and Luring a Minor for Sexual Exploitation. Arielle was arrested for having an unlicensed gun.

“Mr. Van Gundy, you have a warrant from AZ with no bond,” a judge stated during bond court proceedings.

Robert Van Gundy did not fight extradition to Arizona.

“I would like to waive extradition please, your honor,” said Van Gundy.

The judge said Van Gundy will be picked up by September 13th.

Investigators said the Van Gundys drove to Florida about a month ago and planned to sail out of the country.

As for Arielle Van Gundy, during her appearance for the charge of carrying a concealed weapon, she told the judge that she wasn’t properly “Mirandized,” or had her rights read to her, when she was taken into custody.

“Um, I’d like to say something,” said Van Gundy

“No don’t say anything because you have a lawyer,” said the judge.

“I haven’t been ‘Mirandized’, ok. I’m in custody and have not been ‘Mirandized’,” said Van Gundy.

“That’s why you shouldn’t say anything now,” the judge replied.

The judge was told she was reported as a missing person in Arizona.

She told the judge that her family is looking for her and she’s been in Miami about a month.

“She’s only been here a month she’s a missing person her family’s looking for her I’m afraid she’s gonna run away again,” said the judge.

“I won’t run. I am with my husband. I won’t run,” Van Gundy told the judge who set her bond at $5,000.

Marshals said the couple is known to be anti-government and anti-law enforcement.

ATF agents said along with four assault rifles and a handgun, they found food and supplies on board the sailboat.

“The information we have from Arizona is they were attempting to flee to the Bahamas.  This is an individual who was a fugitive knew he was wanted, fled all the way across the U.S., 3,000 miles, and here he is in Miami,” said Barry Golden with the U.S. Marshals.

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