NAHA, Okinawa — Charges have been dropped against two Marines accused by Japanese police of alcohol-related misbehavior Christmas weekend, the Naha Public Prosecutor’s Office announced Thursday.

Charges against two other Marines remain under investigation.

A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office said a charge of housebreaking was dropped against a 21-year-old Marine from Camp Hansen allegedly found sleeping in the home of a 72-year-old Kin woman Christmas morning.

Also dropped was a charge of vandalism against a 20-year-old lance corporal, also from Camp Hansen, who was accused of damaging a sign on top of a taxi in the Chuo district of Okinawa City on Dec. 24.

Still under investigation are charges against two lance corporals assigned to Camp Kinser who were taken into custody Dec. 24 in Naha after an alleged altercation involving a cab driver.

According to police, a 22-year-old Marine was being apprehended for jumping up and down on the roof of a cab when his 25-year-old friend allegedly grabbed a policeman’s arm.

Those Marines were released to military authorities Wednesday.

Charges of vandalism and obstruction of justice are pending, the prosecutor’s office spokesman said.

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