Robbery of Japanese cab driver on Camp Foster investigated
January 9, 2006
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A Japanese cab driver was robbed in front of a Camp Foster barracks early Saturday morning, according to Okinawa prefectural police in Ginowan.
The 61-year-old driver arrived at barracks, Building 217, about 1 a.m. Saturday to respond to a call for a taxi, police said.
While the driver was waiting for his passenger, a man dressed in civilian clothes came out of the building, the driver told the police.
The man motioned the driver to open the driver’s side door, police said.
When the door opened, the man took out “what looked like a knife” and told the driver to give him money, police said.
Police said the driver handed him a box that contained about 5,000 yen (about $44), and $5 in U.S. currency.
The driver told police the man then walked toward the back of the building.
The driver was unharmed, police said.
The man remained at large as of Saturday afternoon.
He was described to police as about 5 feet 7 inches tall and wearing either a black or dark blue jacket with a hood and black pants.
The robbery is under investigation, including who called the taxi. U.S. military authorities and Okinawa police are working together on the case, police said.
“The Marine Corps takes this incident very seriously and is working in close cooperation with the local authorities,” a Marine Corps spokesman said Saturday.