YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Two sailors accused of attempted robbery have been arrested by Japanese police, Navy officials said Monday.

Petty Officers 2nd Class Jeffrey E. Moore, 25, and Lawrence J. Laumeyer II, 20, were arrested after they allegedly attempted to rob a Japanese man in Hiroshima late Thursday, a Hiroshima Prefectural Police spokesman said.

Seventh Fleet spokesman Chief Petty Officer Rick Chernitzer confirmed two USS Cushing sailors were arrested for attempted robbery at 11 p.m. Thursday. But he would not confirm their identities.

The Cushing had been visiting Kure, a port city near Hiroshima, from June 24 to last Thursday.

Chernitzer could not say if the sailors are still being held by Japanese authorities or if they had been turned over to the Navy.

According to Hiroshima police, the two sailors attempted to rob a 31-year-old Japanese man on his way home from work around 10 p.m. Thursday.

The assailants confronted the man outside a park, attempted to steal his money and backpack and struck him in the face when he resisted, police said.

When the man started shouting, the two assailants fled without taking anything, a police spokesman said.

The man called police, who found the two sailors roaming near the park where the robbery attempt allegedly occurred, police officials said.

The victim suffered bruises on the left side of his face, police said.

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Hana Kusumoto is a reporter/translator who has been covering local authorities in Japan since 2002. She was born in Nagoya, Japan, and lived in Australia and Illinois growing up. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and previously worked for the Christian Science Monitor’s Tokyo bureau.

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