Stabbing Fugitive Caught

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The suspect charged in a July stabbing who fled after his release from jail, was apprehended by Los Angeles police Monday.

Robert Squillante, 43, of Payson, had been charged with two counts of aggravated assault after the Payson police and law enforcement in Maricopa County had accrued substantial evidence to show that he was responsible for the stabbing in the parking lot of the Buffalo Bar & Grill.

Despite a criminal history and attempts to flee law enforcement, Squillante was released from custody on Sept. 27. He failed to show up at his October arraignment and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

"We were able to track him from the day he failed to appear," Police Det. Matt Van Camp said. "He went from Scottsdale to Munds Park to Bullhead City and then to the Los Angeles area."

Squillante, accompanied by his girlfriend, went to her parents' house in Tujunga.

"Her family suspected they were in trouble and running from something," Van Camp said. "They gave them a ride to the Greyhound bus station where they bought tickets to Nashville, Tenn.

Van Camp could not elaborate, but the two were tracked from Los Angeles to Texas and then Arkansas.

"We lost them in Arkansas," Van Camp said. "But then we got information on Oct. 9 that they may be headed back to Arizona or California. On Monday, we received information that he was back in Tujunga."

Law enforcement agencies along the route were notified and officers began surveillance of areas that Squillante might go.

"The LAPD and Santa Clarita Sheriff's Office set up surveillance at several locations and made contact with a person who said he was in a bar down the street from them," he said.

Because Squillante told previous arresting officers in Phoenix that had he known he was going to be arrested, he would have brought a gun and shot everyone, officers closed in on him with extra caution.

"They were prepared for him to fight," Van Camp said. "As soon as he saw officers come in the bar, he stood up and put up his hands and said, ‘I'm tired of running. Take me in'. Later on he told officers he knew it was a matter of time and that he realized we were right on his heels the whole time."

Squillante was booked into the Los Angeles County jail and is awaiting extradition to Globe.

"This time, there is no bond," Van Camp said. "He's shown that he'll run."

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