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Cruise ship worker raped passenger, tried to toss her overboard: FBI

Published on Feb 20, 2014 6:40 AM
 

(REUTERS) - A cruise ship attendant confessed to raping a female passenger on Valentine's Day and trying to toss her overboard to cover up the crime, according to an arrest affidavit filed on Tuesday in Miami federal court.

The 31-year-old passenger, identified only as CLW, fought off the attendant in her stateroom and on a balcony, and managed to flee into the hallway with the cord of her curling iron still wrapped around her neck from his attempt to choke her, the affidavit stated.

The attack occurred aboard Holland America's MS Nieuw Amsterdam ship which departed Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 9 on a Caribbean cruise.

Ketut Pujayasa, 28, a room service attendant from Indonesia, was arrested when the ship returned to port on Sunday on charges of attempted murder and aggravated sexual assault.

 
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