Drunk American serviceman breaks into Okinawan house, attacks child
American troops in Okinawa were supposed to have a 11:00PM curfew after last month’s rape incident, but it seems that it was not effectively enforced. At 1:00AM today, a drunk American serviceman allegedly broke into an Okinawan home and attacked a child:
Police received a call from a bar/restaurant at around 1:00AM, reporting that a drunk American had become unruly/violent. I seems that the American was asked to leave the bar earlier that night. He proceeded to angrily leave, then took the stairs up to an unlocked apartment on the third floor of the building.
The American surprised a 13-year-old boy who was sleeping in the room. The boy, fearful of the intruder, decided not make any sudden attempt to escape. At some point, the American became angry (possibly because the boy didn’t speak much English?) and the kid got punched in the face. The American then smashed a television set. After trying to escape out a window, the American fell. The owner of the bar/restaurant discovered what was going on and called the police.
The suspect, who was later taken to a U.S. military hospital, is described as a white male who was a member of the United States Air Force stationed at Kadena. The incident took place in the village of Yomitan.
In isolation, this might not get so much attention, but after last month’s rape, this is a big news story. And bad news for American-Japanese relations.