Alleged Okinawa intruder reportedly many times over legal intoxication limit
May 5, 2004
OKINAWA CITY, Okinawa — Okinawa prefectural police said they were holding in custody Monday a U.S. Marine for illegally entering an off-base apartment Sunday.
Cpl. Jerry R. Campbell Jr., 25, was arrested for trespassing at 5:20 a.m., as he stood outside the apartment in the Yaejima district of Okinawa City, a police spokesman said.
According to the police report, Campbell, a Camp Schwab-based Marine who tested nearly seven times the legal limit for public intoxication in Japan, wandered into a ground-floor apartment.
The 45-year-old woman living in the apartment said that after hearing a noise, she turned on the living room light and saw Campbell standing in the middle of the floor clad only in a T-shirt.
“He left the room when the upset woman told him to leave,” the spokesman said.
Campbell, assigned to the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion of the 3rd Marine Division, fell asleep soon after being taken into custody, the spokesman said.
Later Sunday, the spokesman said, Campbell awoke and said he did not remember anything after drinking with two friends at 1 a.m. in a Gate 2 Street bar outside Kadena Air Base.
Police officers found Campbell’s wallet, pants and soiled underwear in a flowerbed at the apartment complex, the police spokesman said. The trespassing charge was sent to the Naha District Public Prosecutor’s Office on Monday.
A Marine spokesman said the incident is under investigation. “Leaders at all levels — from the youngest private to the most senior general officer — work exhaustively to implement programs and policies that reduce accidents and incidents involving U.S. servicemembers,” said 2nd Lt. Antony Andrious, assistant media relations officer for the Consolidated Public Affairs Office on Camp Foster.