Baxter County deputies went to Arizona to bring back a man who did not register as a sex offender. The arrest ends a two-year search for Robert Camilli, 61, who investigators say failed to register when he moved from his home in Baxter County in 2012. A judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest.
In the last several weeks, the Sheriff’s Department received several tips that Camilli was living in RV parks around Kingman, Ariz. Last week, officers in Mohave County, Ariz., arrested Camilli on the charges from Baxter County. Two deputies traveled to Kingman and returned Camilli to the Baxter County jail on Wednesday. He’s being held in lieu of a $15,000 bond.
Chief Deputy Jeff Lewis says it is unusual for the county to send officers to another state for a case like this. He says the county put a higher priority on the case because Camilli's original conviction was in Baxter County in 2006. Lewis says, since the initial offense and the failure to register both occurred in Baxter County, authorities wanted to make sure Camilli was held accountable here.
The sheriff's department hopes Camilli will be ordered to pay restitution for the cost of the trip to bring him back to Arkansas.