Incidents over holiday weekend land two in Okinawa jails
OKINAWA CITY — Two servicemembers remained in Okinawan police custody Monday after spending the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Okinawa jails.
According to Okinawa prefectural police, the Americans were apprehended in two separate incidents Saturday morning. Their names are being withheld pending filing of formal charges.
A 23-year-old sergeant assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma was apprehended by Japanese police around 9:10 a.m. in connection with an unlawful entry onto a hotel property in Okinawa City, police said.
According to the police report, the hotel owner spotted a Marine running up an external staircase. When police responded to the scene they found the Marine asleep on a staircase landing. A further investigation showed the Marine was intoxicated and may have driven a stolen car to the hotel, the police spokesman said.
Earlier in the morning, a 26-year-old Torii Station soldier was apprehended after he allegedly damaged an aluminum rolling security door to a shop in Okinawa City, causing an estimated 30,000 yen (about $252) in damages.
The cases are under investigation by Okinawa police.