Japanese police identify detained Yokosuka sailors
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Japanese authorities released the names of two Yokosuka-based sailors Wednesday, arrested this weekend in connection with separate incidents. One is accused of ditching a taxi fare; the other, of assaulting an arcade clerk, according to local Japanese police.
Seaman Eric Abdelrahman, 22, from the USS Kitty Hawk, was arrested Sunday morning and accused of failing to pay a 13,080 yen (about $116) taxi fare, according to a Kanagawa Prefectural Police spokesman.
Abdelrahman and another non-Japanese-appearing person ordered a taxi from Yokosuka’s Shioiri station to Yokohama around 4:10 a.m. Sunday. They jumped out of the taxi at a red light and ran without paying the fare, the spokesman said.
Abdelrahman later was arrested at a nearby restaurant but police are still seeking the second passenger, he said.
In an unrelated incident, Seaman Apprentice Parris Kenneth Watkins, 20, is accused of kicking and punching a Japanese clerk at a Yokosuka video arcade, according to a Yokosuka police spokeswoman.
He had played and lost some fighting games, the spokeswoman said, adding that the clerk’s injuries, such as cuts to his lips, will take an estimated 10 days to heal.
Watkins, who is attached to the Personnel Support Activity Detachment of Command Fleet Activities Yokosuka, was arrested at the arcade after a witness reported the incident.
Rear Adm. James Kelly, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan, and base commander Capt. Greg Cornish received requests from Japanese groups Tuesday that measures be taken to prevent such “regrettable” incidents in future.