Sailor free after paying fine for trespassing in Yokosuka
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A USS Blue Ridge sailor was released from Japanese incarceration Tuesday after being arrested on a charge of trespassing in Yokosuka.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Petrick Dale Silvas, 20, paid a 100,000-yen (about $843) fine ordered by the Yokosuka Summary Court on Tuesday.
A Navy official said that Silvas was being processed for an administrative separation and that the Navy “does not tolerate liberty incidents.”
Silvas was accused of trespassing at a Yokosuka-area residence and arrested around 1 a.m. April 1 after a 57-year-old Japanese man found the sailor outside his Shioiri-Cho home, a Yokosuka police spokesman said last week.
The spokesman said Silvas seemed “very drunk” at the time of the arrest.
Yokosuka Naval Base and Commander, Naval Forces Japan responded to recent alcohol-related incidents with more restrictive liberty policies for Navy personnel.
Navy officials restricted public alcohol consumption for all active-duty military after the Jan. 3 robbery-murder of a Yokosuka woman. USS Kitty Hawk airman William Oliver Reese, 21, admitted to the crime and currently is on trial in Japanese court.
An additional 1 a.m. curfew and a “liberty buddy” requirement was placed on the 8,500 sailors and airmen in the Kitty Hawk Strike Group.
The Shalltown bar in the Honch nightlife district outside Yokosuka Naval Base was declared off-limits last week; base officials cited concerns about sailors’ “safety and welfare.” The Shalltown manager has said that came after a four-on-one brawl erupted there April 2.