SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Two sailors were arrested in Sasebo this week, accused in separate incidents of robbery and trespassing.

Sasebo Police Department officials said Petty Officer 3rd Class Illyass Hasan Khan, 22, of the USS Essex was jailed Tuesday morning on suspicion of robbery resulting in injury. They also said Seaman John Courtney Underwood, 21, of the USS Fort McHenry was arrested about 5 a.m. Sunday and accused of trespassing.

Lt. j.g. Jereal Dorsey, spokesman for Commander, Amphibious Forces, 7th Fleet, confirmed only that two unspecified U.S. servicemembers are in Sasebo police custody in connection with separate incidents. Sasebo Naval Base officials declined to confirm Sasebo police officials’ identification of the two sailors, saying formal charges had not yet been filed.

Dorsey said a servicemember was arrested on suspicion of breaking and entering and another is in custody in connection with a robbery. He referred additional questions to Japanese authorities, whom he said are directing the investigations.

According to police, Khan entered a city hotel in the Katsutomi-cho area around 7:20 p.m. Monday and asked a 56-year-old female Japanese clerk for change for 500 yen. The police say Khan held her at knifepoint and grabbed 60,000 yen, or about $501, when she opened the register. The woman’s hand received a minor bruise, police said.

Local police said Khan confessed to the robbery and remains in jail while the investigation continues.

Police said Underwood broke a glass door at a two-story building in Sasebo’s Akasaki-cho area. They said a relative of the owner called them after hearing noise from the entry. Underwood was in the bathroom when arrested at 5:03 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Sasebo authorities said they’re continuing to investigate, adding that Underwood appeared drunk at the time.

Hana Kusumoto contributed to this report.

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