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SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Two Sasebo sailors were arrested Friday morning, accused of injuring a Japanese man near a fish market close to the base, a base spokesman said.

Sasebo city police arrested Petty Officer 2nd Class Roy Collins, 23, from the base security department, and Seaman Recruit Lamarco V. James, 19, from Beachmaster Unit One, Western Pacific Detachment, said base spokesman Charles T. Howard.

Collins and James are suspected of punching a 39-year-old Japanese man who honked his horn while the two sailors were talking on the street on the market’s southwest side, said a Nagasaki Prefectural Police spokesman. The man suffered cuts on his lips in the incident, which happened about 3:10 a.m. Friday in Sasebo city, the police spokesman said.

A witness called the police and the sailors were arrested at 7:05 a.m. after being questioned at the police station, the police spokesman said. Collins and James were in Japanese police custody Friday. The police spokesman also said a servicemember’s spouse, who was with the two sailors, was questioned as a witness and released.

“All personnel reporting for duty at CFAS (the base shore command) are thoroughly briefed and indoctrinated as to their requirement to respect and obey all Japanese laws,” Howard said. “Those who fail to do so will be held fully accountable for their actions.”

Base authorities are cooperating fully with local police in their investigation, he said.

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