After two weeks on the run, police arrested a Connecticut man on Friday accused of murdering and dismembering his 11-month-old daughter.
The Waterbury Police arrested Christopher Francisquini, 31, around 3 p.m. Friday. He has been accused of killing his infant daughter Camilla in their Naugatuck home on Nov. 18.
A $5 million bond was set for him for murder with special circumstances and risk of injury to a minor.
According to the Naugatuck Police Department, Camilla was choked, stabbed and dismembered in the home.
Francisquini then got into an argument with the baby’s mother, who was unaware that her daughter was dead at the time. Francisquini allegedly destroyed the mother’s cellphone while removing a GPS tracking device from his ankle and fled the residence in a 2006 gray Chevrolet Impala.
Police found the abandoned vehicle on Interstate 91 later in the day.
The body of Camilla was discovered by a family member. Her cause of death was determined to be neck compressions and stab wounds.
In a statement, the Naugatuck Police Department said, “Francisquini’s capture demonstrates what can be accomplished when law enforcement and community members work together to remove dangerous individuals.” After asking the public for help, he was taken into custody without incident within 28 hours.
The video, released by Waterbury Police, shows Francisquini at a bus stop surrounded by about a dozen officers with their guns drawn. The officers order Francisquini to get on the ground. He follows the order and is then handcuffed.
According to police, the arrest was made after a concerned citizen called the anonymous tip line and informed them Francisquini had changed his appearance, but could still be recognized.
A reward of $10,000 was being offered by the FBI for information leading to his arrest and conviction.
On Saturday night, the town’s tree-lighting ceremony will be held for Camilla’s first birthday, and police request that residents wear pink.