Attorney plot suspect caught

Police have apprehended the second of two fugitives charged with felony conspiracy to commit murder of the attorney representing the ex-wife of a former Columbus urologist.

Renee Perillo, 51, of Panama City, Florida, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service about 6 p.m. Monday in Stevensville, Montana, a small town in the westernmost part of the state and south of Missoula, said Rod Ostermiller, chief deputy of the U.S. Marshals Service for the district of Montana.

Perillo is the girlfriend of Arnaldo Trabucco, 59, of Fort Mohave, Arizona, according to a probable-cause affidavit. Perillo and her son, Richard Perillo, 21, of Laughlin, Nevada, also are charged with five misdemeanors: theft, carrying a handgun without a license, possession of paraphernalia, criminal trespassing and unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle.

Renee Perillo is being held in the Ravalli County Jail without bond in Hamilton, Montana, according to the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Department.

Richard Perillo was arrested by U.S. Marshals on June 11 in San Diego.

Both mother and son are awaiting extradition to Indiana, said Josh Kocher, a Hamilton County deputy prosecutor. They were sought by authorities after failing to appear in court June 5.

The Perillos were arrested May 22 in Hamilton County on the misdemeanor charges after they were discovered in the back of a sport utility vehicle parked outside the Noblesville home of attorney Rebecca Eimerman, who had been pursuing unpaid money from Trabucco from a divorce settlement with his ex-wife, Pamela, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Mother and son were released from jail May 23 after Trabucco paid their bonds, according to the affidavit.

The Trabuccos got into trouble in Columbus in 2005 when police and postal inspectors discovered 33 marijuana plants on their residential property. They each were charged with one Class D felony count of possession of marijuana. However, each pleaded guilty to lesser misdemeanor charges as part of a plea agreement and received a 12-month suspended sentence.

Arnaldo Trabucco opened a medical practice in Arizona in March 2007. In December of that year, his wife filed for divorce.

The divorce took nearly two years to finalize, and Arnaldo Trabucco appealed the terms of the settlement.

When the Perillos were arrested May 22, police found a handgun, a knife, multiple identification and credit cards belonging to Eimerman and a syringe with a drug later determined to be a fatal dose of a paralytic drug used by anesthesiologists. Police later learned the handgun had been sold to Arnaldo Trabucco, the affidavit said.

Prosecutors added the conspiracy-to-commit murder charges against the Perillos after further investigation.

Two Hamilton County Jail inmates told investigators that Richard Perillo bragged that he and his mother had come to Indiana to kill Eimerman, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

A search of a car insured by Trabucco and parked near Eimerman’s home revealed multiple items, including:

Ammunition

A tranquilizer gun with four darts

Machete-style knives.

A saw and a hammer

A shovel with fresh dirt on the blade

Receipts tracing a route from Alabama through several states to Indiana.

Searches of Renee Perillo’s cellphone found multiple Internet searches focused on Eimerman.

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Kirk Johannesen is assistant managing editor of The Republic. He can be reached at johannesen@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5639.