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By Barbara Liston
Feb 19 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
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.
"At Holland America Line, the safety of our guests is our
highest priority, and we are shocked and deeply saddened by this
incident," said Stein Kruse, president and chief executive of
Holland America Line in a written statement.
"To our knowledge, no incident like this has occurred in our
company's 140-year history."
Pujayasa told FBI agents that he became angry at the victim
when he delivered her breakfast to her room the morning before
the attack. Pujayasa said he knocked on her door three times
before he heard her say, "Wait a minute, son of a bitch."
Pujayasa told the FBI that he remained angry all day, going
twice to her room to find her and then trying to locate her on a
public deck, but finally let himself into her room with a master
key to wait for her return that night. Pujayasa said he fell
asleep on her balcony and awoke to find her in bed.
He said he sexually assaulted her as punishment for the
insult, and beat her with a laptop and her electric curling
CLW told the FBI that she kept trying to scream for help but
Pujayasa tried to strangle her. She said she bit his hand and
tried to stab him with a corkscrew.
The fight moved to the balcony where Pujayasa said he tried
to throw her into the ocean, knowing that the ship was underway
and she would be hard to find in the darkness.
A security system on the ship captured still images of
Pujayasa, half naked, jumping from balcony to balcony as he made
his get-away after the attack, according to the affidavit.
Holland America said it conducted a routine pre-employment
criminal background check of Pujayasa in 2012 who was found to
have a clean record and good references. The company said it has
terminated his employment.
The victim, who said she fell unconscious during part of the
attack, was taken off the ship during a scheduled stop later
that morning in Roatan, Honduras, and air-lifted to a hospital
in South Florida
(Editing by David Adams and Bernard Orr)