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YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — An unpaid $200 restaurant tab fueled an altercation Sunday that left one USS Kitty Hawk sailor arrested and two others in military police custody.

Seaman Apprentice Brian Burgess, 21, was arrested Sunday and held on charges of “robbery resulting in injury” after reportedly assaulting a restaurant manager in Kamakura’s Yuigahama district, a Kamakura police spokesman said Monday.

The three Kitty Hawk sailors racked up a 24,340-yen bill — about $211 — for beer, vodka, tequila and wine Sunday evening at Seedless and tried to leave after paying 5,000 yen ($43), the spokesman said.

When the 41-year-old restaurant manager chased after the sailors, the three men attacked him, police said. The manager suffered bruises on the jaw, head and abdomen, the spokesman said.

The manager apprehended Burgess and handed him over to police officers, who responded to a call from a passer-by, the police said. The two other sailors fled the scene, he said, but were taken into military custody when they returned to the Kitty Hawk, the police said.

A U.S. Navy official confirmed that Burgess was in Japanese custody, but did not have any additional information on the other two suspects.

“U.S. Navy officials are cooperating with Japanese authorities in the investigation of the case,” said Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan spokesman Jon Nylander.

The incident happened around 8:40 p.m. police said, just hours after the aircraft carrier returned to Yokosuka Naval Base after a two-month deployment.


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