Two U.S. marines were arrested on the spot on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 by Okinawa police officers in separate cases of assault in Mihama, Chatan-cho. Another marine was also arrested on the spot on Nov. 1 by Nago police officers for an assault at a restaurant.
At around 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 31, a 23-year-old lance corporal from Camp Kinser was arrested for allegedly stabbing another marine (22) in the stomach with a butterfly knife on the street of Mihama, Chatan-cho. The two were not acquainted with each other.
The suspect was under the influence of alcohol at the time. He was also arrested on suspicion of damaging a desk during police questioning. He is denying the allegation.
Separately, at around 3:15 a.m on Nov. 1., a 20-year-old lance corporal from Camp Courtney was arrested in Mihama on suspicion of flinging a Japanese restaurant worker (22) and causing injury to his jaw. The suspect had been drunkenly causing a disturbance in the restaurant and assaulted the restaurant worker who happened to be nearby. The suspect is denying that he caused the injury.
Mihama district was crowded with people celebrating Halloween from the night of Oct. 31 until the early morning of Nov. 1.
The third marine, a 35-year-old Marine Staff Sergeant from Camp Hansen was arrested for punching and injuring a Japanese man (52) while under the influence of alcohol at around 11:50 p.m. on Oct. 31. He is denying the charges. (Slightly Abridged)