Arrested on Princess cruise ship in Juneau, Rockville man confessed to killing neighbors

By ,   May 18, 2015 ,   Accidents

Police arrested a man on Coral Princess in Alaska on Saturday (May 16), and they said he had confessed to murdering a Rockville couple. The couple were found dead on Mother's Day in their home. The suspect is the couple's neighbor. 

Montgomery County police announced that Scott Tomaszewski, 31-year-old, of Rockville, Maryland, had been arrested in Juneau, Alaska, while on a luxury cruise with his mother, father and 28-year-old sister. When police officers confronted the suspect, the four were disembarking from Coral Princess on Princess Cruise Line, destined for a whale watching excursion.

Montgomery County police detectives who traveled to Juneau, Alaska to question the 31-year-old said that during the questioning, Tomaszewski had admitted to killing Julianne and Richard Vilardo. On May 10, both were found stabbed to death by their daughter, who had went to check on them after they had not showed up for a Mother's Day event. 

According to Tom Manger, Montgomery County Police Chief, a burglary at Vilardos' home 17 years ago (in April 1998) had led investigators to Scott Tomaszewski, and to another burglary in the same neighborhood over the Easter weekend 2015. Tomaszewski was house sitting for the family when their own house was burglarized all those years ago, but in that case he was not a suspect. 

During the search of his cabin and personal belongings on Coral Princess, police said they had found blood soaked cash in Tomaszewski's wallet and other pieces of evidence. Manger shared that the reaction of the suspect had been "very matter of fact", and he had little emotional reaction to the arrest. 

According to the police, there was no evidence anyone else had been involved in the killings.  Scott Tomaszewski is charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and burglary. He is in an Alaska courtroom today for a bond hearing. Probably, he will be extradited as early as possible.

Police said, the motive in that case was not clear. Investigators said the 31-year-old had left for an Alaska cruise the day after stabbing to death his neighbors.