Two U.S. service members were arrested on Okinawa over the weekend in unrelated trespassing incidents.

Two U.S. service members were arrested on Okinawa over the weekend in unrelated trespassing incidents. (Pixabay)

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Japanese police arrested a U.S. Marine and a Navy sailor on suspicion of trespassing in separate incidents involving alcohol over the weekend, a police spokesman said Monday.

Okinawa police allege Seaman Apprentice Orlando Cruz, 21, of U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa on Camp Foster, climbed onto the second-floor balcony of another U.S. service member around 5:20 a.m. Saturday and struck the window, according to the prefectural police spokesman.

Police found Cruz behaving “violently” at the home occupied by an unnamed U.S. soldier in his 30s, the spokesman said by phone.

He described the incident as a “minor offense.” Police arrested Cruz at 5:46 a.m. and released him later Saturday.

In the Marine’s case, Okinawa police alleged that a woman, 69, found Cpl. Bladen Weed, 22, of Camp Foster, sleeping on her fourth-floor balcony on Sunday, the spokesman said.

The woman called police at 12:17 p.m. to report an unknown foreigner with excrement in his pants sleeping on the balcony, the spokesman said.

Police took Weed into custody at 12:59 p.m.; he was still being held Monday.

Weed told police he was drunk, the spokesman said. Police are still investigating how he got onto the balcony. The case will be referred to prosecutors Tuesday, the spokesman said.

Cruz had a blood alcohol content of 0.12%; Weed’s measured 0.09%, the spokesman said.

Both service members were held on suspicion of breaking into a residence, the official article of the Japanese penal code that includes trespassing, according to the police spokesman.

Breaking into a residence is punishable in Japan by up to three years in prison and a $700 fine.

Both incidents occurred in Chatan town, an entertainment district about 1 ½ miles from Camp Foster, the spokesman said.

Some government officials in Japan speak to the media on condition of anonymity as a requirement of their employment.

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Keishi Koja is an Okinawa-based reporter/translator who joined Stars and Stripes in August 2022. He studied International Communication at the University of Okinawa and previously worked in education.
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Matthew M. Burke has been reporting from Grafenwoehr, Germany, for Stars and Stripes since 2024. The Massachusetts native and UMass Amherst alumnus previously covered Okinawa, Sasebo Naval Base and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, for the news organization. His work has also appeared in the Boston Globe, Cape Cod Times and other publications.

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