Two Foster Marines charged in cab heist handed over to Japan
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Two Marines charged with robbing an Okinawa cab driver Jan. 7 on Camp Foster have been turned over to Japanese jurisdiction for trial.
And in an unrelated case, a 19-year-old female Marine has been charged with stealing a wallet from a cab driver on Camp Foster on Jan. 22.
Marine officials said the two suspects in the Jan. 7 incident, Lance Cpl. Henry D. Morgan, 20, and Lance Cpl. Reginald Q. Lowery, 21, both assigned to Headquarters and Service Battalion on Camp Foster, were transferred to the Naha Detention Facility on Friday. Indictments for robbery were filed in Naha District Court on Friday afternoon.
Morgan and Lowery allegedly plotted with a third Marine to call for a cab to come to their barracks on Camp Foster on Jan. 7 and then rob him. An Okinawa police spokesman said Lowery called for the cab and Morgan then walked up to the taxi as it arrived, displayed a knife and demanded the driver’s money.
The 61-year-old cabbie handed over a box containing about 5,000 yen ($44) and $5 in U.S. currency. He was not harmed, police said.
The third suspect is believed to have returned to the United States after the robbery. Okinawa police have requested information concerning his whereabouts.
Okinawa police late Thursday referred the charge in the Jan. 22 wallet theft to the Naha Public Prosecutor’s Office. The prosecutor can pursue the charge in Japanese court or leave jurisdiction to the Marine Corps.
The woman, who was not named because she is considered a juvenile under Japanese law, is not being confined, according to an Okinawa police spokesman. She admitted to stealing the wallet and has apologized to the driver and made restitution, he said.