Police arrest sailor over jump onto Yokosuka rooftop
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A USS Kitty Hawk sailor was arrested after police said she jumped onto a Japanese residential rooftop while intoxicated in Yokosuka’s Honch bar district Saturday.
Police said Monday that the 18-year-old woman was spotted on top of the house around 10 p.m. She was arrested for trespassing after the owner of the house called the police.
The sailor, an E-1 seaman apprentice, told investigators that she jumped onto the roof from an outside staircase on a building next door, a Yokosuka police spokeswoman said Monday. She was “heavily intoxicated,” the spokeswoman said.
The sailor remained in custody Monday, but police wouldn’t release her name because an 18-year-old is considered a minor under Japanese law.
The case has been referred to the Yokosuka District Office of the Kanagawa Public Prosecutor’s Office, the spokeswoman said.
The Navy is aware of the incident and is cooperating with Japanese authorities, said Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan spokesman Jon Nylander.
This is the second reported alcohol-related arrest since the USS Kitty Hawk pulled into Yokosuka Naval Base on Dec. 10. That evening, another Kitty Hawk sailor was apprehended after he and two other Kitty Hawk sailors tried to ditch their $200 bar tab at a Kamakura restaurant and attacked the bar manager after he chased them, according to police. As of Friday, the two other sailors remained in military custody.
In an effort to curb alcohol-related incidents, CNFJ issued a directive Dec. 7 requiring all active-duty Navy to stop drinking at 2 a.m. in public places, regardless of rank, command or location.
Nylander said he had not heard of any new restrictions since Saturday’s incident.