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Japanese police say they arrested a Camp Hansen, Okinawa-based Marine on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, on charges of trespassing and destruction of property.

Japanese police say they arrested a Camp Hansen, Okinawa-based Marine on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, on charges of trespassing and destruction of property. (Pixabay)

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — An Okinawa-based Marine was arrested by Japanese police over the weekend after reportedly smashing the glass back door of an off-base home while intoxicated.

Pfc. Anthony Sowers, 20, assigned to Camp Hansen, was taken into custody in the Kitamae neighborhood of Chatan shortly after police were called by the home’s 66-year-old occupant at 4:41 a.m. Sunday, said Okinawa Police Station Deputy Chief Hirotoshi Iha.

Sowers broke off a metal window bar and used it to smash the door, the Okinawa Times newspaper reported Monday.

No injuries were reported, Iha said.

Sowers was arrested at the scene on charges of trespassing and destruction of property, Iha said. His blood alcohol content after his arrest measured 0.15%, five times Japan’s legal limit for driving of 0.03%.

“He admitted the charges,” Iha said.

Sowers was in custody Monday morning, Iha said. Police planned to refer the charges to the Naha District Public Prosecutors Office that afternoon.

Marine officials did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment Monday.

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Matthew M. Burke has been reporting from Okinawa for Stars and Stripes since 2014. The Massachusetts native and UMass Amherst alumnus previously covered Sasebo Naval Base and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, for the newspaper. His work has also appeared in the Boston Globe, Cape Cod Times and other publications.

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