An American serviceman stationed in Okinawa has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a security guard at an Okinawa hotel and stealing the guard's cell phone, according to reports.
According to TV Asahi, the 20-year-old suspect was pursued into the hotel by a taxi driver after they got into a dispute over the fare at about 1 a.m. Sunday. The suspect was apparently drunk, the driver was quoted as saying.
After resolving the dispute, the serviceman attempted to rent a room at the hotel, but was turned down, TV Asahi reported.
Police said the man then became agitated, prompting the security guard to approach him. The service member then allegedly punched the guard in the head, and grabbed his cell phone as he attempted to call the police. The serviceman fled the scene with the phone.
The suspect has denied the charges.© Japan Today