US Serviceman Breaks Into Home, Punches Teen: Japan

Pentagon has another Okinawa controversy
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2012 10:25 AM CDT
US Serviceman Breaks Into Home, Punches Teen: Japan
An apartment where authorities say a 24-year-old U.S. airman is suspected of entering and punching a young boy, stands at Chatan, on the island of Okinawa, southern Japan, Nov. 2, 2012.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

In yet another incident unlikely to endear the people of Okinawa to the US presence there, a drunken US serviceman broke into an apartment building on the island and punched a 13-year-old boy in the face in the wee hours this morning, Japanese authorities alleged today. Police say the man then fell out of a third-story window and had to be hospitalized. US ambassador John Roos was summoned to the foreign ministry over the incident, Reuters reports.

The incident comes despite a curfew for US troops imposed after the recent alleged gang-rape of a Japanese woman. "This happened when a night-time curfew was in place and it is extremely deplorable," Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said. "A supposedly impermissible thing has happened." Roos said the US was "very upset," and promised full cooperation with authorities. The US base in Okinawa has long been a sore spot for residents, thanks to troop misbehavior. (More Okinawa stories.)

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