Wendy Lynn Singleton, 40, was identified by immigration authorities at the end of the cruise as a fugitive with an outstanding warrant for larceny. She was led off the vessel in handcuffs before the rest of the 3,300 passengers were allowed to disembark Thursday morning, as AOL News first reported.
"After an investigation, it was determined that the first man was a case of mistaken identity, that he was not the subject of the warrant," Womack said. "With the retraining order, it was not in the interest of justice to arrest him right now."
Womack declined to elaborate further as to why the case against the second man was not being pursued. As for Singleton, she was taken to a local jail.
"There were two individuals escorted off the vessel by law enforcement authorities," Carnival spokesman Vince Gulliksen said in a prepared statement. "While we are not in a position to comment on any specifics, we can state that the reason they were removed from the ship does not relate in any way to anything that occurred during the cruise."
It's not unusual for authorities to check passengers' records as they disembark.
"You get on a cruise ship and they will run your name to see if a John Smith has any warrants," Cpl. Adam Miles of the San Diego Harbor Police told AOL News. "Every other ship that comes into our port always has one person who didn't take care of some warrant."
The warrant for Singleton's arrest was issued back in 1999 in Hennepin, Minn, officials said. She is wanted on a charge of felony larceny, but details of the alleged crime were not disclosed.
Passengers had no working toilets or running water for a day and moved about in darkness because there was no power. That also meant hot food was out of the question, so vacationers had to settle for sandwiches, bread, salads and fruit.
Help came from the U.S. military on Tuesday when food and other supplies were dropped from a helicopter to the deck below. Two days later, the ship was towed into San Diego Harbor by six tugboats.
Grateful passengers fled to waiting tour buses that whisked them away to local hotels for an all-expenses-paid weekend to make up for their shortened cruise.