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Murder Suspect Arrested on Alaskan Luxury Cruise

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | May 18, 2015

Murder Suspect Arrested on Alaskan Luxury Cruise

Police arrested a man suspected in a double murder on a Princess Cruises ship in Alaska over the weekend, according to the Associated Press and

Thirty-one-year-old Scott Tomaszewski was arrested on Saturday in Juneau, Alaska, where he was a passenger on a luxury cruise with his family. He was arrested while disembarking the Coral Princess for a scheduled whale watching excursion with his father, mother and sister.

"Our men and women worked literally 24-7 to bring this case to closure in less than seven days," said major crimes division director Capt. Darren Francke via the AP.

Tomaszewski confessed to killing Richard and Julianne Vilardo, who were found stabbed to death at their Rockville, Maryland home on May 10. 

"Upon being questioned by [three] Montgomery County detectives, who had traveled to Juneau, Mr. Tomaszewski confessed to the killings," said Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger. "I think everybody is having a difficult time making sense of this because it makes no sense."

In addition to his parent's home in Maryland, police searched Tomaszewski's cabin on the cruise ship for any potential evidence. 

Following Saturday's arrest, the Vilardo family issued a statement praising local authorities, who overcame unique circumstances:

"We would like to acknowledge and thank Sgt. Larry Haley and Det. Carvajal and their team with the Montgomery County Police Department for their remarkable detective work which took them from Rockville, Maryland all the way to Juneau, Alaska."

Princess Cruises' Coral Princess can carry more than 1,900 passengers and sails guests to parts of Alaska and the Panama Canal. 

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