The Disney Fantasy rescued three fugitives off the coast of Cuba who were wanted for violating their supervised release on federal Credit Card Fraud charges in New Orleans, Louisiana. On Thursday April 21st, during the Disney Fantasy’s final Star Wars Day at Sea cruise of 2016, a capsized boat was spotted approximately 40 miles north of Varadero, Cuba.
U.S. Marshal Amos Rojas Jr. said in a news release that last Thursday, the Disney Fantasy cruise ship found the fugitives clinging to a capsized boat. He says all three were wanted for violating their supervised release on federal credit card fraud charges in New Orleans. Twenty-six-year-old Luis Rivera-Garcia, 23-year-old Juliet Estrada-Perez and 23-year-old Enrique Gonzalez-Torres were turned over to authorities in Florida.
The fugitives were Cuban nationals who were from the United States. Rojas says authorities believe the three may have been fleeing to Cuba to avoid prosecution.
The following video by Lauren Smith shows the fugitives being transferred from the Disney Fantasy to a U.S. Coast Guard vessel. The U.S. Coast Guard returned to Key West were they were taken into custody by U.S. Marshals.
They have been charged with violation of supervised release. For anyone looking for more on the fugitives there is a more detailed account of the past transgressions in this article from The Advocate and a press release from the US Marshals.