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Norwegian cruise worker arrested in Alaska for allegedly stabbing 3 people onboard: report

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The FBI has arrested a Norwegian cruise ship worker in Alaska after he allegedly stabbed three people with medical scissors while onboard, reports say. 

The suspect, identified as Ntando Sogoni from South Africa, was recently hired by Norwegian and boarded its Encore cruise ship in Seattle on Sunday, the Juneau Empire newspaper reports, citing an affidavit filed by FBI Special Agent Matthew Judy. The ship left that day for a weeklong, round-trip excursion to Alaska with stops including Glacier Bay National Park and Victoria, British Columbia.  

“According to court documents, on May 6, 2024, Ntando Sogoni, 35, was working on the cruise ship when other ship employees observed the defendant attempting to deploy a lifeboat,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska said in a statement. “Sogoni was contacted by ship security and escorted to the ship’s medical center for an assessment. 

“Upon arrival, Sogoni physically attacked a security guard and a male nurse inside an examination room and proceeded to enter another examination room where a woman, who is a U.S. citizen, was being examined,” the statement continued. “He grabbed a pair of scissors and stabbed the woman multiple times in the arm, hand and face. He also stabbed two security guards who intervened — one in the head and one in the back and shoulders.” 

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A view of the Norwegian Encore cruise ship during its inaugural sailing from PortMiami in November 2019. The FBI arrested Ntando Sogoni when the ship docked on Tuesday in Juneau, Alaska. (Richard Tribou/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images / Getty Images)

Sogoni, who officials say was detained in the ship’s jail, was arrested by the FBI on Tuesday in Juneau, Alaska. 

He is now facing a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon within maritime and territorial jurisdiction. 

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Norwegian Encore cruise ship decks

The Norwegian Encore cruise ship is pictured in Miami, Florida, in March 2020. Sogoni recently was hired by Norwegian, the Juneau Empire newspaper reports, citing an affidavit filed by an FBI agent. (Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP via Getty Images / Getty Images)

If convicted, he faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine. 

A Norwegian spokesperson told FOX Business that after its “newly employed crew member” became “violent without provocation,” a security team “quickly detained him, and the onboard medical staff treated those involved for non-life-threatening injuries.

“We condemn violent behavior of this nature and are committed to the safety and security of all crew members and guests on our ships,” the spokesperson added. “We commend the onboard security team for their brave actions.”

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The stabbing allegedly happened as the Norwegian Encore was sailing a round-trip journey from Seattle, Washington to Alaska. (Photo Illustration by Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images / Getty Images)

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The alleged stabbing happened as the ship was passing west of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, on the way to Alaska, The Associated Press reports. 

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