Three Americans accused in third robbery
Kanagawa Prefectural Police are accusing three Americans, including a Camp Zama-based airman and a Yokota Air Base spouse, of a third robbery, a prefectural police spokesman said Thursday.
Airman 1st Class Johnny Christopher Warford, 22, assigned by the Air Force to Camp Zama; Moses Richard Emmanuel, 21, the civilian husband of a Yokota servicemember; and Mewe-Pira Oritsejolomi Oretemi Alize, a 25-year-old American who lives in Fujisawa City and has no ties to the U.S. military, were indicted Monday in connection with the robbery of two women in Yokohama in May.
Police now suspect them of robbing a 31-year-old Japanese man on May 13, then robbing the two women, a police spokesman said. Police suspect the trio grabbed the man from behind and pushed him to the ground around 2:10 a.m. May 13, the spokesman said. The three are accused of threatening the man with a knife and demanding money but are believed to have stolen a pass case, pair of glasses and cell phone, all worth about 45,500 yen ($406), the spokesman said.
The three are in Japanese custody.
The police were to send the third robbery case to prosecutors for formal charges on Friday, the spokesman said.
The Kanagawa prefectural government and nine cities near U.S. military bases in Kanagawa submitted a letter Thursday urging Air Force Lt. Gen. Bruce Wright, U.S. Forces Japan commander, to take steps to prevent future incidents and to strengthen servicemembers’ discipline, according to a news release from the Kanagawa prefectural government. Yokosuka Naval Base, Camp Zama and Naval Air Facility Atsugi are within that prefecture.