Disney cruise ship helps arrest three fugitives

Published on : Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Disney Cruise LineAccording to U.S. authorities, three fugitives landed in federal custody after a Disney cruise ship rescued them from the waters off Cuba’s coast.

Fantasy cruise liner from the Disney cruise stable was about 50 miles north of Varadero, Cuba, when the crew spotted the fugitives with a capsized boat Thursday morning, the U.S. Marshal’s Office informed.

Cuban nationals Luis Rivera-Garcia, 26, Juliet Estrada-Perez, 23, and Jesus Enrique Gonzalez-Torres, 23, were taken on board and staff notified the U.S. Coast Guard.
Authorities said it wasn’t until the coast guard fingerprinted the Cubans that it was discovered they were wanted on federal credit card fraud charges in New Orleans.

Authorities said the trio had bonded out of jail last fall after being accused of planting credit card skimming devices on gas pumps with three others.

U.S. Marshals believe the three co-defendants may have been fleeing to Cuba to avoid prosecution in the U.S., the Marshals Service said Friday.

After their release, they travelled to Florida last week where Rivera-Garcia and Estrada-Perez were arrested again for allegedly being in possession of 28 stolen credit cards.
Like the first time, authorities allowed them to post bond. However, this second arrest clashed with their previous bonds’ conditions, leading authorities in Louisiana to issue new warrants. Gonzalez-Torres violated his bond because he was in the company of his two co-defendants, which resulted in a new arrest warrant, authorities stated.

All the three suspects had a court hearing scheduled for Monday in Key West, Florida.


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