2 arrested after attempt to burn AF officer
Two women have been arrested for trying to kill an Air Force captain from Yokota Air Base, Japan, last summer by allegedly dousing him with liquid fuel and attempting to set him on fire.
Fussa city police charged Kimiko Kishiguchi, 27, and Nanae In, 33, on Wednesday with attempted murder.
The 29-year-old captain, whose name was not released, allegedly drove to the east exit of Japan Railways’ Fussa Station late on June 25, where he was picking up In, a South Korean woman he met at a Roppongi bar, according to Fussa police spokesman Yoshiharu Itao.
The station is less than a mile from Yokota’s main gate.
When the captain pulled up, In approached the car, opened the front-passenger door and fled, police said. Kishiguchi then dumped a bucket containing a mix of gasoline and kerosene over the man’s body and allegedly attempted to set him on fire with two lighters, Itao said.
The captain panicked and started his car. He escaped uninjured when Kishiguchi’s lighters did not work, Itao said.
The victim reported the incident to Fussa police on June 26. Itao said the investigation took so long because the victim was in the United States for training and did not return to Japan until December. The language barrier between police and the victim, as well as the women’s denial of the charge, also slowed progress, Itao said.
Neither Fussa police nor Yokota Air Base officials would release the captain’s name.
“We want to protect the integrity of the investigation,” said Capt. Michael Braibish, a Yokota spokesman, adding that Japanese police are conducting the inquiry. “We’re cooperating with the investigation and providing them with the information they need.”
Braibish did confirm that the victim is still assigned to Yokota.
The women live in Tokyo’s Nakano ward. In is unemployed, and Kishiguchi, who is Japanese, is a hostess at a men’s club, Itao said.
Japanese police are keeping In and Kishiguchi at a women’s detention facility. The Fussa police station does not have a women’s jail, Itao said.
Itao said police still are trying to determine a motive for the alleged crime.