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OKINAWA CITY — A 21-year-old Air Force dependent was in Japanese custody Wednesday on suspicion of beating and raping an employee at a “sex-trade shop” near Kadena Air Base, according to Okinawa police.

Kevin Parks, the unemployed son of an Air Force captain, was arrested Tuesday after he arrived at the Okinawa City police station for questioning in the Oct. 1 incident, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

Sometime between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Oct. 1, Parks entered the business as a customer and went into a room with the employee, according to police.

After locking the door, police said, Parks struck the 22-year-old woman’s face with a beer bottle and then raped her.

The woman’s face and neck injuries took about a week to heal, the spokesman said.

Okinawa police, acting on witness reports that included the license number of Parks’ car, tracked him to his family’s home on Kadena Air Base, police said.

He was asked to come to the police station for questioning, where he was arrested after admitting he attacked the woman, according to police.

The spokesman said Parks had his luggage packed and was planning to leave Japan on Wednesday.

Air Force officials Wednesday confirmed the arrest, but had no other comment concerning the case.

The case was to be sent to the Okinawa District Public Prosecutors Office in Naha on Thursday, when Parks is to be transferred to the Naha Detention Center, the spokesman said.

Under Japanese law, suspects can be held for up to 23 days for questioning before being charged by a prosecutor.

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Hana Kusumoto is a reporter/translator who has been covering local authorities in Japan since 2002. She was born in Nagoya, Japan, and lived in Australia and Illinois growing up. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and previously worked for the Christian Science Monitor’s Tokyo bureau.

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