An unhinged Queens man is facing federal charges for allegedly choking his girlfriend aboard a cruise ship while in international waters.
Carlos Batista Jr. dragged his then-girlfriend through a hallway of the cruise ship, at one point covering her mouth to muffle her screams, federal prosecutors said. At another point he restricted her breathing, causing her body to go limp, authorities said. After he pulled her into his cabin, other passengers managed to open the door — where they found Batista, 22, with his arm around her neck, authorities 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,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said.
Batista launched the attack after the woman told him she wanted to break up, according to a criminal complaint.
Court papers did not identify the operator of the cruise ship, which was on a tour of the Bahamas. Batista was held in the ship’s brig until it returned to New York.