Monday’s federal criminal case brought against a Filipino national for stabbing a fellow crew member on a container vessel en route from Shanghai, China to Los Angeles.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Michael Monegro (43), entered his plea to one federal charge of committing an act or violence against a person aboard a vessel that is likely to endanger its safe navigation.
U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer set a Sept. 12 hearing for Monegro’s sentencing hearing. Monegro could face up to life imprisonment, according to prosecutors.
Monegro was employed as a seaman at MSC Ravenna on Sept. 20, 2019, a 153,000 gross ton Liberian-flagged container vessel. It was nearing the end of the two-week journey from Shanghai to Los Angeles.
Crewmembers were waiting in a dressing room on top deck to prepare for their shift and wait for their direct supervisors. Monegro began to stab his direct supervisor shortly after Monegro saw them in the corridor outside of the locker room. The incident was caught on camera by several crew members.
Monegro attacked the victim and they both fell to the ground.
Monegro then climbed up on the victim and began stabbing him. According to federal prosecutors, Monegro then took the victim’s second knife and stabbed him with both of them.
Crewmembers tried intervene to stop Monegro. They even threw a trash can at his face. Monegro acknowledged that he stopped stabbing the victim because he was too tired.
Ravenna’s chief mate, captain and chief engineer arrived on the scene. Monegro convinced him to free the victim. Monegro died from multiple stab wounds on board.
The captain convinced Monegro that he should walk to a conference area.
After continuing discussions, Monegro put the knives on a conference room table and was led to his cabin.
Monegro was taken to a cabin by crewmembers who were responsible for guarding the door. They were then unable to carry out their regular duties on board the ship. Prosecutors claimed that other crew members were traumatized after witnessing Monegro stabbing and killing the victim.
Monegro was detained by federal agents when the ship docked at Los Angeles Port of Los Angeles one week after the attack. Since his arrest, Monegro has been in federal detention.