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Avatar of kangajiBy on January 22nd, 2013 at 3:39 am

USFJ Sailor Arrested Despite Curfew

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According to the Daily Yomiuri

Police arrested a U.S. sailor Monday for allegedly trespassing in a house in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, in the early hours of the morning.

Manuel Silva, a 20-year-old crew member of the USS George Washington, is suspected of entering the property of a 72-year-old woman at about 2:50 a.m. The sailor has admitted the charges, according to Kanagawa prefectural police.

Police received three emergency calls around 1:30 a.m. from people living near the woman, saying such things as a stranger was ringing their doorbell. Policemen found Silva at the scene and tried to question him, but the sailor ran away and entered the woman’s house, according to police officials.

Alcohol was detected during a breath test of the suspect, the officials said.

The incident occurred despite a night curfew imposed on all U.S. servicemen between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. following the rape of a Japanese woman by two U.S. sailors in Okinawa Prefecture in October.

It’s only been ten days since GI KOREA predicted that a curfew would not solve anything because it is a statistical impossibility.

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  • Setnaffa
    3:56 am on January 22nd, 2013 1

    Granted he was drunk at the time, what makes a sailor enter the home of an old woman when he’s supposed to be back on board ship or base?

    I blame his NCOs for not “beating some sense into him”. Or at least not recognizing someone who obviously was not ready to be in a foreign country alone while drinking.

  • Hamilton
    4:23 pm on January 22nd, 2013 2

    If the curfew were earlier and alcohol restrictions more severe this would never happen!

  • Flyingsword
    4:43 pm on January 22nd, 2013 3

    #2, Yes, I am sure that will work……………………..

  • Flunky Brewster
    6:08 pm on January 22nd, 2013 4

    Ban alcohol and no one will ever get drunk. Ban TP and no one will ever go to the bathroom. Ban stupidity and, well, you know the rest.

  • chefantwon
    6:59 pm on January 22nd, 2013 5

    #4 you ban stupidity and who would be running the country?
    No body in DC that’s fer sure…..

  • JoeC
    11:23 pm on January 22nd, 2013 6

    Correct me if I’m wrong but it seems to me that you read about GI incidents in Japan about one a year — usually some serious sex crime. Now, with the curfew, incidents are reported about once a month.

    Of course it is likely that due to the curfew what went unreported in the Stars and Stripes now gets reported. But, if a purpose of the curfew was to help restore the military’s image in the foreign country then it can be argued that the curfew is having an adverse effect.

    Take note USFJ and USFK.

  • Songtan1
    3:38 am on January 23rd, 2013 7

    #5 chefantwon. Bulls-eye :)

  • William
    9:21 am on January 23rd, 2013 8

    At least he rang a doorbell instead of breaking in forcefully, maybe he was trying to use someone’s restroom after all those drinks…


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