Two Americans on Okinawa arrested in separate incidents
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Two Americans were in Okinawa police custody Tuesday after separate incidents in Naha and Chatan.
According to a police report, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jimmy Dale Todd II, 27, assigned to Camp Kinser’s MEU Service Support Group 31, assaulted a cab driver at 12:47 a.m. Sunday in Naha’s Wakasa district.
A police spokesman said a witness called police after seeing a foreigner inside the cab punching the driver repeatedly in the head and breaking a taxi window.
Todd allegedly fled the scene, but he was apprehended by police three minutes later, the spokesman said.
The sailor told police he didn’t remember anything because he was drunk, the police spokesman said. The cab driver was treated for minor head cuts.
Later Sunday in Chatan, near Camp Foster, the 15-year-old son of a U.S. civilian military employee was taken into custody for mugging a 15-year-old Okinawan high school student.
According to the police report, the teenager accosted the Okinawan at 9:50 p.m. Friday in the Mihama entertainment district of Chatan and, in English, demanded the other youth’s money.
The victim turned over a necklace and an earring, with a total value of $24, a police spokesman said.
Police officers who responded to a call from the student secretly followed the suspect to his off-base home and made identification.
Two days later he was asked to come to the police station.
He was placed into custody at 11:25 p.m. Christmas Eve.
Police referred a charge of robbery against the youth to the Naha District Public Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday.