An Elmhurst man was indicted Wednesday for allegedly strangling his girlfriend to the point where she passed out while on a cruise ship in international waters in a Sept. 8 incident, according to the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office.
Carlos Batista Jr. is accused of dragging his girlfriend down the halls of the cruise ship and into a cabin, where he allegedly strangled her until other passengers were able to get through the cabin door, according to the indictment.
Batista Jr. was charged with one count of assault of a spouse, intimate partner, or dating partner by strangling or suffocating, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years if Batista is convicted, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
“As alleged, Carlos Batista Jr. assaulted his girlfriend while on a cruise, grabbing and choking her until she passed out,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said. “Thankfully others on the ship came to her aid. Now Batista is back on New York soil and must answer for his alleged criminal actions.”
Although the criminal complaint did not specify an exact location for the alleged crime other than international waters, the court contends that Batista is being charged under U.S. law on account of the alleged victim’s nationality as an American citizen.
Reach reporter Mark Hallum by e-mail at mhall
By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:
You agree that you, and not TimesLedger.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to TimesLedger.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.