August 12, 2009 (by Hortatio Algren)
According to reports a Canadian rape suspect was arrested on the Carnival cruise ship Inspiration in Tampa Bay.
It has been reported that the U.S. Marshalls met the Inspiration when it docked in Tampa Bay after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security found the name of the alleged rapist on the ships manifest.
The man has been identified as Steven Mark Anthony Requena age 28, and has been a fugitive after fleeing Canada after the alleged rape that took place in 2007. The alleged rape took place at Fort Erie, Ontario and it is reported Requena is suspected of raping a woman while holding a scalpel to her throat.
According to a U.S. Marshall spokesperson, Requena now lives in Buffalo, New York and was traveling with a group and accompanied by a female that has not been identified. Officials also state that Requena did not put up a struggle when U.S. Marshals arrested him in his cabin on the ship after it had docked, and was arrested on a Canadian warrant.
Requena who will be extradited to Canada is facing several charges including sexual assault on a cruise ship, and officials from the U.S. Marshall’s service and Homeland security have stated as a fugitive a cruise ship is no place to hide, and the arrest of Steven Mark Anthony Requena should be an example.