South Florida Sun-Sentinel
A man was holding a woman “under the water in a complete rage,” trying to strangle her during this year’s Boca Bash, but some alarmed bystanders helped pull the woman to safety, authorities say.
Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission arrested Cole Goldberg, 23, of Boca Raton, on Sunday on charges of attempted murder and battery, records show. Authorities say he was seen choking a woman with both hands while holding her under the water, an arrest report said.
The Boca Bash saw thousands of people show up for the annual party on the water, along a stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway known as Lake Boca Raton. Many of this year’s other arrests stemmed from lesser offenses: Nine people were accused of boating under in the influence, one was detained on an outstanding warrant, and one was held on the charge of producing a fake ID.
In the attempted murder case, officers say they were flagged down by several boaters after they say a woman swam to their boat to escape a man.
The man and a woman were arguing on a boat, and he began grabbing her “very aggressively,” witnesses told police.
“Eventually she jumped off the boat and swam to the boat in front of us,” witnesses told police, according to the report. “He jumped in after her. Caught up to her and it appeared that he was pushing her under the water.”
A witness said two of her family members jumped in to rescue the woman and keep the man away from her. The witness said that the man’s friends witnessed the attack from their boat and sailed away, leaving the man in the water.
Officers say they arrested Goldberg at Boca Bash about 6 p.m. He was being held in the Palm Beach County Jail on $60,000 bond. He’s due back in court next month.