Japan: 3 US soldiers arrested for assault, shoplifting

  • 04:06 08 January 2020

Japan: 3 US soldiers arrested for assault, shoplifting

Three U.S. service members stationed on an American military base in Okinowa, Japan were arrested in separate incidents on assault and shoplifting charges, according to Japanese police, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency. 

U.S.-based military news outlet Stars & Stripes, citing deputy police chief Hirotoshi Iha's statement, reported that Petty Officer Ricardo Alfre Monsalvogarza, 27, of U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, is accused of punching his Japanese girlfriend in the face several times.

Prosecutors charged him with assault Sunday after he was taken into custody on Saturday at his home in Yamazato, Okinawa City.

Monsalvogarza admitted to the charge, Iha said.

Lance Cpl. Jose Alejandro Araica, 20, of Camp Courtney, was arrested last Wednesday after being accused of choking a Japanese man at a bar in Matsuyama, Naha, said Naha Police deputy chief Shigenari Kinjo.

Araica, still in custody Monday, was intoxicated and said he does not remember the incident, according to Kinjo. He was also charged with assault.

Lance Cpl. Justin Delgado, 20-year-old Marine, of Camp Kinser, was arrested Dec. 26 after stealing alcohol from a convenience store in Chatan’s Ihei neighborhood, Iha said.

He is also accused of trespassing onto a private home and stealing a drink from the refrigerator.

“Delgado was heavily intoxicated when he was arrested,” Iha said.

In addition to shoplifting, there will be other charges once the investigation is complete, Iha said.