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By Reuters
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 7:51 p.m.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — 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.

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, (S.O.B.).”

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 iron.

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