Cruise Worker Accused of Vicious Attack on Female Passenger
Phil Keating reported this morning from Miami on a vicious Valentine's Day attack by a cruise worker, who is accused of raping a passenger, then trying to throw her overboard.
Here's more details from AP:
Authorities say a cruise ship worker is accused of raping a passenger aboard a Holland America Line vessel and then trying to throw her overboard.
The FBI reports that 28-year-old Ketut Pujayasa was arrested Sunday when the MS Nieuw Amsterdam returned to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. The incident occurred early Friday morning in international waters off the coast of Roatan, Honduras.
According to a criminal complaint, the victim - a 31-year-old U.S. woman - told investigators she was attacked and raped in her stateroom. The attacker tried to throw her from the balcony, but she escaped and received help from another passenger.
Pujayasa, who is Indonesian, is charged with attempt to commit murder and aggravated sexual abuse.
An email seeking comment from Holland America Line wasn't immediately answered.
Fox News received the following response from the cruise line:
"While no words can adequately express our shock at this event, this has shaken the entire Holland America family to our very core. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and her family during this difficult time."
Keating reported that the victim was flown back to Florida for treatment after the attack. He said investigators believe the incident was triggered earlier that morning when the suspect brought room service to the victim's room. They think she yelled something and offended the worker.
When she returned to her room later in the day, authorities say Pujayasa was waiting.
According to the FBI criminal complaint, the woman fought back against Pujayasa as he allegedly tried to strangle her with a cord. The complaint says the woman bit Pujayasa in the hand and struck him in the genital area during the intense struggle.
Watch the report from Keating above.