Three Iwakuni Marines remain jailed following weekend arrests
Three Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Marines remained in Japanese police custody Tuesday afternoon following their arrests over the weekend.
Two of the Marines, Pfc. David Cohen and Pfc. Jacob Friddle, both 20, were arrested Sunday on shoplifting charges. The third, Cpl. Sergio Hernandez, 21, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of illegally entering a home, according to police officials.
Cohen and Friddle allegedly stole two bottles of liquor from a local store about 9:40 p.m. Sunday, Iwakuni city police said. The beverages had a market value of 5,974 yen, or about $50.24.
The spokesman said a clerk noticed two Marines taking the bottles and chased them only to lose sight of the Marines. The clerk then called police, the spokesman said.
During an area search, police found Cohen and Friddle with liquor. Both were arrested by 11 p.m. following questions at the police station.
Meanwhile, the Yanai Police Department arrested Hernandez for alleged “intrusion upon habitation.”
Hernandez is accused of entering the home of a 79-year-old man in Yuu town on Saturday. Police say Hernandez was intoxicated, and was arrested after a neighbor called the police.
Marine authorities will “work closely with our Japanese counterparts to support and conclude the investigation into all the facts and circumstances of this incident,” said Master Sgt. Lesli J. Coakley, base spokeswoman.
Marine Corps spokesman Maj. Stewart Upton said the base command is committed to help investigate and prosecute U.S. military personnel who “won’t or can’t adhere to high standards of conduct and responsible behavior.”
Upton said the base “regrets any anxiety these incidents may have caused the local residents.”
All three cases are under review by Japanese prosecutors who will determine if charges are filed.