U.S. soldier arrested for trespassing in Chatan

November 29, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 28, the Okinawa Police Station arrested a 30-year old first class-ranking staff sergeant, who is based at Kadena Air Base, on suspicion of trespassing. According to the police station, the suspect entered a room on the second floor of an apartment uninvited at Kitamae, Chatan, at 2:40 a.m. on November 28. The suspect was drunk when he was arrested. A large amount of alcohol was detected on his breath. It is not known whether the suspect had been drinking inside or outside the base.

The incident took place just days after the U.S. forces in Okinawa reported to the Okinawa Prefectural Government on November 26 that it would ease the ban for service members who stay out and drink off base, with the policy being effective from December 9. The military said incidents and accidents involving the US military had decreased due to an off-duty action guideline or ‘ liberty policy’ for the service members.

According to the police station, when a resident heard a sound in his apartment, he found the soldier asleep in the living room and called police officers.

(English translation by T&CT)

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