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The 19-year-old USS Gary sailor accused of stabbing a Japanese woman and a teenager in July was indicted Friday for attempted murder, a prosecutor’s office spokesman said.

Navy and Japanese officials said Friday that they would not release the name of the sailor because he is considered a minor under Japanese law.

The seaman recruit is accused of stabbing a 16-year-old girl in the stomach with a steak knife around 8:10 a.m. on July 5 at a house near Mabori Kaigan train station, according to the indictment.

He stabbed her with an intention of murdering her but failed because a 27-year-old woman who heard the girl’s screams approached, the indictment stated.

The sailor then stabbed the woman several times with the same knife with the intent to kill her, but she escaped to a second-floor bathroom, according to the indictment.

The girl suffered abdominal wounds. Among the woman’s wounds was a punctured right lung, the indictment read. No date has been set for the sailor’s trial.

Commander, Naval Forces Japan spokesman Jon Nylander said the Navy “is confident the Japanese court system will determine all the pertinent details in this case and render a just and proper decision regarding it.”

Stars and Stripes reporter Chris Fowler contributed to this report.

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Hana Kusumoto is a reporter/translator who has been covering local authorities in Japan since 2002. She was born in Nagoya, Japan, and lived in Australia and Illinois growing up. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and previously worked for the Christian Science Monitor’s Tokyo bureau.
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