Airman, Marine, visitor arrested on Okinawa
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Okinawa Prefectural Police are investigating two servicemembers and the visiting relative of a Marine spouse in connection with separate weekend incidents.
Marine Cpl. Jason A. Hoyt, 22, assigned to Camp Courtney, was arrested around 2:15 a.m. Sunday; he is accused of breaking into a car parked at a home in Chatan’s Sunabe district, a duty officer at the Okinawa City Police Station said Monday.
According to a police report, officers responding to a neighbor’s call caught Hoyt inside the vehicle.
The neighbor told police he saw an American searching inside his vehicle. When police responded to the call, they found Hoyt inside another car parked about 109 yards down the street.
The police report stated that Hoyt, who was in Okinawa police custody Monday, appeared to be intoxicated and denied the accusation, the spokesman said.
At 3:25 a.m. Sunday, a woman complained to Air Force military police that her car, parked on Gate Two Street in Okinawa City, near Kadena Air Base, had been vandalized.
The Japanese woman, 22, said she spotted an American repeatedly kicking her car, then walking away as she approached. She said she followed the man to the base gate and reported him to the gate guards.
Facing vandalism charges is Airman 1st Class Kamal N. Yousef, 21. Apprehended at the gate, he was turned over to military authorities pending Japanese police action on the woman’s complaint. Under the U.S.-Japanese status of forces agreement, a suspect apprehended on a military base usually is not turned over to Japanese authorities unless indicted in a Japanese court. Police estimate damage to the car was about $524.
Yousef told Okinawa police officers who responded to the report that he had been irritated and would pay for the damage to the woman’s car, a police spokesman said.
Later Sunday, a 24-year-old Philippines citizen, accused of shoplifting from the Kadena AAFES Exchange, was handed to Okinawa police.
An Okinawa police spokesman said military authorities apprehended Maribel Guinto Lampa, the sister of a Marine spouse on Camp Courtney, around 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the exchange. She is accused of stealing two wallets and two rings, valued at $243, the spokesman said. Lampa was visiting Okinawa under a 90-day visitor’s visa. She is in custody at the Okinawa City Police Station pending action by Japanese police.