Police in Connecticut announced Friday that they have arrested Christopher Francisquini, a parolee suspected of murdering and dismembering his 11-month-old daughter.
Francisquini, 31, was arrested in Waterbury around 3 p.m. after two weeks on the run, police said. The felon with a long rap sheet is accused of killing his 11-month-old daughter, Camilla Francisquini, on Nov. 18 at their Millville Avenue home in Naugatuck.
He is charged with aggravated murder and risk of injury to a minor, The Hartford Courant reported. His bond is set at $5 million.
“Francisquini’s capture is a clear example of what can be accomplished when community members work together with law enforcement to take dangerous individuals off the streets,” the Naugatuck Police Department said in a statement. “Within 28 hours of asking the public for help, he was taken into custody without incident and will now stand trial.”
Video released by police shows the moment he is surrounded by about a dozen law enforcement officers with their guns drawn as he sits at a bus stop. They yell at him to get on the ground, which he does before being swarmed and handcuffed.
According to the police, Francisquini choked, stabbed and dismembered Camilla and then got into an argument with her mother – who did not yet know her daughter was dead. Francisquini allegedly destroyed the mother’s cell phone, removed a GPS tracking device from his ankle and fled in a gray 2006 Chevy Impala.
The car was later found abandoned on Interstate 91, police said.
Camilla’s dismembered body was eventually found by a family member, the police said. Her cause of death was determined to be neck compressions and stab wounds.
The FBI had offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and conviction.
Two law enforcement sources told NBC Connecticut that law enforcement received information through their anonymous tip hotline that led to Francisquini’s arrest. The police have called
Naugatuck police have asked residents to wear pink during the city’s tree-lighting ceremony Saturday night in Camilla’s memory, the Courant reported. Saturday would have been her 1st birthday.