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Man wanted for Bonita rape, murder arrested in NYC

U.S. Marshals take down a man recently named a suspect for the rape and murder of a Bonita Springs woman.

A five month manhunt for 39-year-old Robert Toribio, Sr. is over. U.S. Marshals have worked this case since the beginning of this year. It was information they received just this morning that led to Toribio's capture just blocks away from Times Square in New York City.

"It was just a matter of time and we knew that it would happen and to get that phone call today to know that he's in custody and he's going nowhere, it's a great day for us," Crime Stoppers Coordinator Trish Routte said.

Lee County deputies said Toribio is accused of the rape and murder of 22-year-old Darla Miller. Her body was found wrapped in bed sheets January 19, 2013 at Oakland Drive, which is near Bonita Beach Road and I-75.

"We've got quite a bit of investigative material as well as DNA evidence," Routte said.

Routte also said Toribio and Miller met through mutual friends.

"He had just gotten out of Attica after spending eight long years in prison. He came down to Southwest Florida. He was only here roughly six months," according to Routte.

Deputies said he's charged with second degree murder and sexual battery. In May, Toribio was added to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers 10 most wanted list.

"Nothing can bring Darla back, but all her family hoped for at this stage was justice," said Routte. "Having some closure and knowing that the man believed to be responsible for the death of their youngest daughter can at least provide some solace to the Miller family. Crime Stoppers commends the hard work and dedication to the US Marshals Task Force both here in Southwest Florida and in New York for their commitment to tracking Robert Toribio down."

The Miller family declined to comment.

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