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U.S. sailor arrested for striking and injuring security guard in Yokosuka

  • October 26, 2021
  • , Akahata , p. 15
  • JMH Translation

On Oct. 22, the Yokosuka Police Station of the Kanagawa Prefectural Police arrested on the spot a 30-year-old petty officer second class who belongs to the U.S. Yokosuka Naval Base on suspicion of assault.

 

The suspect was charged with seriously injuring a 68-year-old security guard by striking him in the face at the second security office in Shinko Pier in Shinko town, Yokosuka. According to the police, the suspect was drunk at the time and has claimed he doesn’t remember the incident.

 

This was the fourth incident/accident in six months caused by U.S. military personnel belonging to the Yokosuka Naval Base. A drunk-driving incident on May 16, in which a car driven by a service member collided with two trucks, was not initially reported to Yokosuka City by the U.S. military; the city learned about the accident from a newspaper article published on June 30. (The police later sent papers to the prosecutors concerning the suspect in this accident for the violating cannabis control law.) In another incident, on May 29, a passenger car driven by a U.S. service member plowed into vehicles at a restaurant parking lot in Shizuoka Prefecture, killing one and injuring two.

 

“The assault this time was  particularly shocking because we haven’t had any cases (involving U.S. service members) resulting in injury recently,” an official at the city’s division dealing with base-related affairs told Akahata. Yokosuka City representatives lodged a strong protest in person with the base command on Oct. 22. They requested the base command to enforce preventive measures and implement tighter discipline and thorough education.

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