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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A 29-year-old American was in Japanese police custody Monday in connection with the stabbing and mugging of another American last week on Hamahiga Island, near the White Beach Naval Facility.

An Okinawa police spokesman said Darian Preston Daniels, married to a Navy sailor and living on Camp Foster, was being held in the Uruma Police Station on suspicion of using a knife in an Oct. 25 robbery. Charges were filed Friday with the Naha Public Prosecutor’s Office.

A second suspect, believed to be an active-duty Marine, is being sought, the police spokesman said. A Marine Corps spokesman Monday said the Naval Criminal Investigative Service is cooperating with Okinawa prefectural police in the investigation.

Daniels is accused of stabbing Bryant White, 22, of Okinawa City, in the neck and stealing a cellular phone, a wallet containing about $100, and a wristwatch. White was listed in stable condition Monday in Chubu Hospital. He told police he had recently befriended his two attackers and had accepted a ride with them about 10 p.m. in Okinawa City.

He said he was stabbed and robbed after they drove to Hamahiga Island.

The crime was reported about 10:30 p.m. after White stumbled into an Okinawan home seeking help, the police spokesman said.

Daniels was arrested about 12:22 p.m. the next day.

The Okinawa police spokesman said White is not on Okinawa under the Status of Forces Agreement, but he was unsure of his residency status in Japan.


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