The search is over for the man accused of sexually assaulting and kidnapping a Texas State student on Tuesday.
U.S. Customs officials arrested 28-year-old Steve Cantaloupi in Webb County Thursday night as he attempted to cross the Texas-Mexico border, according to the Texas State University Police Department.
Cantaloupi, who maintains an address in San Marcos and elsewhere, is accused of ambushing his ex-girlfriend as she attempted to leave her residence at Comanche Hills Apartments on the Texas State campus. The ex-girlfriend claims Cantaloupi forced her back into her apartment at knife point and sexually assaulted her there, according to UPD investigator Alex Villalobos. Cantaloupi then forcibly transported her to Travis County and sexually assaulted her again, according to her statement. Villalobos said she reportedly escaped somewhere in Travis County and police were contacted the same day.
“We have been in constant contact with the victim and (her) family,” Villa Lobos said. “Most people, when they go through shock, it takes a little time to understand the gravity of what they’ve been through, so the only thing I can say is that she’s a very strong person and she made it. She’s a survivor, and I’m very glad for that.”
Cantaloupi is not a Texas State student, faculty member or employee and has no relation to the school, according to a “timely warning” email the Texas State University News Service sent to faculty, staff, and students at 10:44 p.m. Tuesday. UPD disclosed Cantaloupi’s description to the public-at-large on its Crime Stoppers website as early as Thursday. UPD advised the public to consider Cantaloupi armed and dangerous; he is known to own a shotgun and recently acquired ammunition from a Wal-Mart in the Cedar Park area, according to the UPD statement. Villalobos said he does not know whether Cantaloupi was armed at the time of his arrest.
Cantaloupi is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of aggravated kidnapping. He is in custody in Webb County pending transport to the Hays County Law Enforcement Center.Email | Print