The woman told agents that the violent assault began moments after she changed into a tank top and shorts and lay down to go to sleep. She fought hard and the attack went from her bed to the stateroom balcony and back into the room, agents said.
She said the attacker beat and wrapped a phone cord and the cord of her curling iron around her neck and tried to strangle her.
The woman said she bit her attacker's hand, struck him in the genitals and tried to stab him with a corkscrew that she was able to grab, according to the court record.
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"While on the balcony, the subject attempted to push [her] overboard," the woman told agents.
She said she eventually managed to break free and ran into the corridor, where a male passenger administered first aid and called ship security. He told authorities that the woman ran out of her cabin, dressed only in a tank top that was covered in blood.
"The passenger also noted that [the victim] had a curling iron wrapped and tangled around her neck and/or hair. He also described [her] as having black eyes and visible bruising around her neck and shoulders. [The woman], fearing death was imminent, asked the passenger to relay to her family how much she loved them," agents wrote in their criminal complaint.
The agents arrested Pujayasa on charges of attempted murder and aggravated sexual abuse and took him from the ship to the Broward Main Jail. Pujayasa is scheduled for a bond hearing next week in federal court in Fort Lauderdale but is unlikely to qualify for bond because of the seriousness of the allegations and his lack of ties to the South Florida area.
The ship was on a seven-day western Caribbean charter cruise that left Feb. 9, sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale.
Officials from Holland America Line said the "senseless assault" shook the entire company to its core.
"We continue to work closely with authorities to understand how this incident occurred and what additional actions we can take to help ensure that nothing like this ever happens again," according to a statement released Tuesday.
They said Pujayasa was hired in 2012, after "a careful screening that included a clean criminal history check. He had no performance issues and came with good references."
Since 2010, cruise lines that visit U.S. ports have been required to report some crimes, including sexual assaults, to the FBI. From Jan. 1, 2010, through Sept. 30, 2013, 156 sex assaults were reported to the FBI, according to the Government Accounting Office.
Of those, the FBI closed 64 investigations because either a verdict was delivered and appeals were concluded; the statute of limitations ran out; or federal prosecutors declined to prosecute the case. According to records, 39 of the assaults were committed by passengers, 22 were committed by crew and three were committed by "others." The data do not specify who the victims were.
Assistant Database Editor Dana Williams contributed to this report.
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