A United States District Court in Mobile, Alabama charged a Carnival cruise passenger with assault pursuant to a federal statute, 28 U.S.C. 113.
Jenetrice Williams of Birmingham, Alabama was taking a cruise on the Carnival Fantasy on August 19, 2018 when she allegedly “pulled a knife during an altercation with her boyfriend, Michael Carter.”
According to the probable cause affidavit, signed by an investigating police officer, Ms. Williams “did produce a knife during an argument with her boyfriend. The defendant had a steak knife in her purse that she claims she brought from home and knowingly brought it on the cruise ship Carnival Fantasy.” She allegedly “purposely slashed / stabbed at the victim causing cuts to the victim’s left hand and right leg. The defendant was restrained by ship security.”
Comments posted on our Facebook page raised predictable questions:
- How was it possible to sneak a knife past Carnival’s “highly trained security staff”?!?
- And I can’t bring my water with me anymore, WTF?
Ms. William’s boyfriend left a comment on Facebook with a photo of him and his girlfriend only a few days before being knifed, stating “Coolin on the ship. No matter what enjoy life.”
Carnival Cruise Lines has experienced a number of deadly “domestic disturbances” in the past. Last month, a 53 year-old man was arrested for murdering his girlfriend on the Carnival Elation.
The federal court records indicate that Ms Williams has been ordered to appear at a hearing which is scheduled for October 10, 2018.
Photo Credit: Violation notice and probable cause affidavit – U.S. District Court, Southern District Alabama, Mobile, Alabama.