Man who faked his own death to avoid prosecution resurfaces

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX – A man facing conspiracy to commit homicide allegedly faked his own death to avoid arrest but was located in Palm Springs Wednesday.

Phoenix police say Robert George Arcieri, 72, was involved in various criminal activity during the 1980s along with co-conspirators.

Arcieri allegedly planned a burglary at the home of a so-called friend in Scottsdale. During the burglary, a 34-year-old woman in the house interrupted the crime and was severely beaten and left for dead. She survived her injuries.

Arcieri was taken into custody on June 26, 1986, on charges of conspiracy to commit murder. They were dismissed but were expected to be re-filed.

While on a fishing trip at Lee’s Ferry on the Colorado River on Jan. 18, 1987, Arcieri allegedly fell off the dock into the river. He was never found despite an extensive search.

Police were never convinced of his death so Arcieri was indicted on April 18, 1987, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

In March, Phoenix police learned Arcieri was living under the name of Frank Roman Reynolds in Palm Springs, Calif. 

The Cold Case Homicide Squad was able to confirm that Arcieri was living in Palm Springs. On Wednesday he was arrested there and he agreed to voluntarily return to Phoenix

Arcieri was booked into a Maricopa County jail Wednesday night. The case remains ongoing. He faces a long list of charges, including conspiracy to commit murder, burglary, armed robbery and fraudulent schemes.