TOKYO — Japanese police arrested a drunken 24-year-old U.S. Navy sailor early Sunday after he allegedly trespassed in a house, violating a night-time curfew imposed after a rape case last year, reports said.
Petty officer 2nd class Richard Lawton is stationed in Yokosuka, a port city south of Tokyo, and wrongly believed that his friends were staying in the house, Jiji Press and Kyodo News agency said. The residents of the house told local media they do not know Lawton.
Lawton, who was arrested at around 2:40 a.m., is suspected of violating a night-time curfew imposed by the U.S. military on all its servicemen in Japan after two sailors were arrested on charges of raping a woman in Okinawa in October.
Local police and the U.S. military were not immediately available for comment.
Despite the curfew, misconduct involving U.S. servicemen has continued to fuel anti-US sentiment in host communities. Incidents include trespass involving an airman and a marine under the influence of alcohol and drink-driving by another marine.