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For Immediate Release

Contact:
August 10, 2009 Middle District of Florida
Deputy U.S. Marshal Ron Lindbak (813) 299-6982;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
U.S. Marshals Arrest Accused Canadian Rapist on Cruise Ship

Tampa, FL – Steven Mark Anthony Requena, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force at the Port of Tampa at approximately 7 a.m. today.

Requena was wanted by Canada for Assault with a Weapon, Forcible Confinement, Sexual Assault, With a Weapon, and Uttering Threats of Death / Bodily Harm that occurred in 2007.

According to Canadian Officials, Requena allegedly placed a scalpel to a victim’s throat while he sexually assaulted her. He also allegedly threatened to kill the victim if she did not comply with his demands. Requena subsequently fled Canada to avoid prosecution after the incident.

Requena was discovered on board the Carnival Cruise Ship “Inspiration” in the Port of Tampa after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ran the ship’s manifest and his name alerted them of an International Lookout by Canada. The U.S. Marshals International Investigations Division in Washington D.C. obtained information from Canada that Requena was currently wanted by them. Canada and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida then worked diligently over the weekend to obtain a provisional arrest warrant for Requena.

Requena was arrested with the assistance of Immigration Customs and Border Patrol (ICE), Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department and the Port Authority as the Carnival Cruise Ship “Inspiration” docked. He was transported to the Federal Courthouse in Tampa to appear in Magistrate Court on his charges.

The Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Tampa Police Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the Sarasota Police Department. The task force’s objective is to seek out and arrest violent fugitives.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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