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U.S. Marine, in custody for assault, also charged with attempted murder of woman

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A 21-year-old U.S. Marine, who was arrested in May on suspicion of assaulting a taxi driver, has also been charged with the attempted murder of a female Self-Defense Force officer in a fast-food restaurant.

According to police, Kahsai Tyree Hill is accused of choking the 19-year-old woman in a McDonald’s restaurant in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district at around 6:30 a.m. on May 26. Hill, who was drunk at the time, has partially denied the charge and was quoted by police as saying there was no murderous intent in his act.

According to witnesses, the woman was waiting to get her meal when Hill choked her from behind. She lost consciousness for a few minutes and suffered a fractured cheekbone as she fell to the floor.

Before attacking the woman, Hill had taken a taxi at around 5:45 a.m. but did not pay the fare when he arrived at his destination near the Washington Hotel in Shinjuku. He punched the driver in the face and fled. Police said Hill physically assaulted a total of five men and women one after another in Shinjuku and Shibuya.

Hill was initially charged with assaulting the taxi driver. On Thursday, he was re-arrested on suspicion of attempting to kill the SDF officer.

Police said Hill was in Japan to undergo training and was staying at Camp Fuji Marine Corps in Shizuoka Prefecture.

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Another real winner in the U.S. military. Hired to be a murdering goon in a land with a shortage of people they can murder with the blessing of the Pentagon, President, Congress and the war cult populace.

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Why does the US send these rampaging nuts to their bases overseas?

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Not again...

"Police said Hill was in Japan to undergo training and was staying at Camp Fuji Marine Corps in Shizuoka Prefecture." Sounds like he needed more host country behavior training

I noticed with the quickness, all those wing-nut guys with microphones and loudspeakers parked on corners, now vehemently clapping back at the incident. Well maybe they should go to the marine bases, and express themselves there, instead of stirring up the locals with loud speaker, megaphone rhetoric.

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More than a beast. Like a devil.

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This Jar-head, has messed it up for Americans, particularly military in Japan, although the JN authorities will fry him, but it wont be enough, understanding the JN culture , it will be brought up for decades.

Trump will probably have to come back, bow down and apologize for it, if he will, and the wing nuts will start doing what they do...and more curfews, and more trip advisories, and alerts will go out.

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As the US military fails to meet its recruitment targets, they've slowly been lowering the minimum IQ threshold required on the ASVAB enlistment test. These men are a greater danger to their colleagues and host countries than they are to the enemy.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/10/10/army-accepting-more-low-quality-recruits-giving-waivers-marijuana-hit-targets/750844001/

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I noticed with the quickness, all those wing-nut guys with microphones and loudspeakers parked on corners, now vehemently clapping back at the incident. Well maybe they should go to the marine bases, and express themselves there, instead of stirring up the locals with loud speaker, megaphone rhetoric.

I have often wondered about that for years. Cowards that they are would never do it.

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TheLongTermerToday  05:03 pm JST

I noticed with the quickness, all those wing-nut guys with microphones and loudspeakers parked on corners, now vehemently clapping back at the incident. Well maybe they should go to the marine bases, and express themselves there, instead of stirring up the locals with loud speaker, megaphone rhetoric.

I have often wondered about that for years. Cowards that they are would never do it.

The only coward here is the marine choking a random woman from behind.

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We dont know all the facts and thus before I throw any US military member, or any foreigner for that matter, under the bus, I will give them the benefit of the doubt. Having been assaulted here many times and the police do nothing, cant say I really care one way or the other.

That area is notorious for being anti foreigner, with those right wing hate buses parked all around or driving through Korea town in Shin Okubou.

Any grabbing of a Japanese can be construed as attempted murder. Ive been choked out here, never heard any J police call it "attempted murder" Just depends on who is doing it.

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Im assuming he got caught before he got back to camp, correct me if I'm wrong but once in camp the navy deals with him. There have been far too many crimes committed by the military that goes unpunished in Japan

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Dear LongTermer, you are a guest in a country and it is absolutely doesnt matter who or why insulted you in shinjuku which is a playground of Japanese young and wild. As guest , you bow you say sorry humbly and leave.

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This is so sad on so many levels. How did a street thug end up as a marine? Aren’t background checks done when recruiting? I remember my friend, Silvia Romano, telling me that Japanese are the most welcoming people she had ever met. Their welcoming nature should not be taken for granted.

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“Sounds like he needed more host country behavior training”

I would think such behavior would be unacceptable even in the home country.

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Having been assaulted here many times and the police do nothing, cant say I really care one way or the other.

Assaulted many times? Meaning more than 3 or 4 times, and the cops have done nothing?

Believe me that raises a lot of questions.

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Assaulted many times? Meaning more than 3 or 4 times, and the cops have done nothing?

Now that Yubaru mentions it, that is an odd claim. Most long timers I know have never been assaulted even once in Japan. How does one go about getting assaulted many times? Outside of hanging around with US Marines, I mean.

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Best and finest? Send the twat home and put him in Gitmo for a year or two, if he is found guilty of course. Where was his wingman?

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How did a street thug end up as a marine?

You do know what Marines do don't you? Basically they want slightly crazy mofos to go and kill or be killed. Street thugs make good marines training and a little smarts. Maybe this kid lacked the latter.

Isn't he a minor, and as such, shouldn't his name be protected?

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Isn't he a minor, and as such, shouldn't his name be protected

No he is 21

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will get what he deserves

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Im assuming he got caught before he got back to camp, correct me if I'm wrong but once in camp the navy deals with him. There have been far too many crimes committed by the military that goes unpunished in Japan

Once again, it is not the military thats keeping them from being punished. It's the Japanese legal system that no longer wants to prosecute because confessions are much harder to get when being interrogated on a base. Per the SOFA agreement, the US MUST hand over an individual indicted for a crime. Even when these individuals get off, they are often tried under the UCMJ and wind up with harsher sentences than they would get in Japan.

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@AlexEinz I strongly disagree. Because foreigners are ‘guests’ they should just take the beating??? The law should be applied to all equally, whether the suspect/victim is Japanese or foreigner. That’s how it works in most places around the world.

This marine should then be charged with several counts of assault, not sure about the attempted murder charge whether that’s appropriate.

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Hold him accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

After a few years in jail, deport him, dishonorably discharge him, and Japan should block him from re-entry to the country for life.

Tip: If you aren't a happy drunk, then don't drunk in public.

Don't hold every military person in Japan because of what 1 idiot did coming down from a night of drinking. Should every Japanese be held accountable for every illegal act that Yakuza perform?

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As guest , you bow you say sorry humbly and leave.

LOL. You dont understand Japanese culture at all, now do you. Roll over = submission. Ever watch a pack of animals in the wild like wolves? they roll over and submit to the leader or they take the spot. Thats basically how Japan works. Japanese will never respect you as a foreigner if you do that. Now Im talking if you live in their lane. If your dripping with newbie fever, agreed, ignorance is bliss, and stay in that lane. Some of us got to survive here. Do your visit, bow and believe all the sweetness is real then leave. Youll be disappointed if you stay.

To the poster who said how did a street thug become a Marine?

A recruiter has a quota. The Marines are known as having the reputation as being the toughest (real or imagined, I will leave that to other service men and women to debate) thus the hardest to make monthly quota. Most want the easy, like the Air Force or sailor Navy, or a good MOS in the Army. Many times your at the bottom of the barrel, trying to make quota. The Marines takes what society abandoned and makes them into professionals. Thats probably why congress keeps them around.

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@darknuts.Don't forget as well that a Military Member will get double Jepordy. When a servive member commit a crime off base, they are punished twice. Once by the regular law, wherever that may be, and then once again by the Military. This guy will be punished under japanese law (it's obvious they are going for some serious time as per the attempted murder charge) and then he will be punished by the Military. He may be court martialed as well, and be busted down to E1, and forfeit all pay and allowances. I have seen alot of people get punished twice. However, that is what you get when you commit a crime and bring discredit upon the Military, and the United States.

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@ Drako,

Agreed. Its not attempted murder. They throw that at the prosecutor to get the maximum punishment. Its also kind of a Confucius (confused) thing also...an American is considered a bigger opponent, therefore he deserves harsher punishment.

As for the extra punishment and all that, I always look at the chain of command first. Where were his buddies? Why was he alone? Could of went to a club, bar etc, got the "batsu" sign we all got. somebody could of checked him if made him enraged. Should never be on liberty alone, especially in this strange country at 21 years of age. I didnt understand nothing at that age. Lots of failures in leadership, (its the same in all these stories) Some may ask, why are Marines always doing this. As with most things, the answer is right in front of you. Most of the USMC bases over here are spartan, at best. Other branches, looks like a US town, and outside the base have a university atmosphere. The Marine take allot of crap from their own, and others as well. No excuse, but it explains allot.

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After a few years in jail, deport him, dishonorably discharge him, and Japan should block him from re-entry to the country for life

Like after what he did, he wants to come back here? as for the DD, thats too harsh. It was a leadership failure so they should share the burden. Special court martial, bust his rank, some time in the brig. In my day they had a thing called Corrective Custody..CC...and made you bust rocks all day. Of course it was deemed too harsh by some disconnected outsider goofs, so now they just ruin people for life with a BCD or DD. Leadship? What leadership? Then just scurry for cover, and point the finger, go back to living in their apartment. Repeat cycle. Youll see this happen again, just for this reason.

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Even when these individuals get off, they are often tried under the UCMJ and wind up with harsher sentences than they would get in Japan.

Hmmm. would have to disagree with that. Ive seen some military and civilian GS types get away with some pretty outrageous stuff. There is an act now, I forgot the name where a GS can be prosecuted in the US now for crimes abroad (dont quote me on it) but before as I understand it, they could not.

Now watch some good for nothing GS come out and just read the law word for word....lol

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may this young man get the help he deserves.

He deserves no special treatment for being a goon in a goon squad. May he get the same justice anyone deserves just for being a human, and if guilty may they throw the book at him. I have a great tolerance for many things, but none for the violent.

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send him to jail and kick him out of the military

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Liquid courage gets someone in trouble again.

Who could see that coming?

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Steve Drake

No he is 21

Thanks I lost my comprehension glasses when I sat on them and they disappeared up some crack.

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Kick him out and send him to prison.

NO excuses for his behavior.

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Whe i read the headline, I thought it was some base incident, but turns out that the random person he attacked, just also happened to be an SDF member @_@.

Crazy guy, throw the book.

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As a former Marine, I can say that the Marines Corps attracts more than it’s share of assholes, and I served with many. Many, if not most, join the Marines because they have a burning urge to prove that they are bad ass’. Once in the Corps, there is a competition to determine who can be the baddest ass, and win those supremely important bragging rights. This include of course becoming a smoker, and a drinker as soon as possible, and the Marine Corps does nothing at all to discourage this. Soon after becoming a drinker, and a smoker, these guys earn additional respect, by impressing anyone who will listen, by bragging that they are so addicted to these substances, that they cannot quit. Lots of very easily influenced loe brows in the Marines.,

I can remember other Marines being aghast to find me reading a book which did not have dirty pictures in it! Imagine living for years in a tightly packed barracks, of double story bunk beds, spending all your waking, and sleeping moments with these guys?

Finally though, if you have faith, keep your nose clean, follow orders, and do your job, you will, after two to three years, make that third rank of Corporal, become a Non Commissioned officer, and rise from the ranks of the unwashed, into these of the washed. On that day, your life changes. No longer are you condemned to live with these people. You move to new quarters, to live beside the rational, and the squared away, with your own club, new status, and new privileges, and a new mandatory title, that of Corporal, no longer one of the herd, no longer to be addressed by just your last name!

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SEALs are members of the US Navy. A Marine cannot be a SEAL, period. It has nothing to do, with, “making the Cut”. One enlists in the Marines for four years, and during that entire time, he will remain a Marine, exclusively. He cannot transfer to the Navy, thus he cannot become a SEAL

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Jail him. Prosecute.

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After a few years in jail, deport him, dishonorably discharge him, and Japan should block him from re-entry to the country for life.

One while he has no visa status here in Japan, as he is under the SOFA, he will be returned to military control after his prison sentence is completed.

The US Military COULD charge him for desertion, but they won't, they may charge him as being AWOL, and they will give him a bad conduct discharge, reduction in rank to E-1, forfeiture of all pay and allowances for the time he was in prison, and send him back to the US.

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@darknuts.Don't forget as well that a Military Member will get double Jepordy. When a servive member commit a crime off base, they are punished twice. Once by the regular law, wherever that may be, and then once again by the Military. This guy will be punished under japanese law (it's obvious they are going for some serious time as per the attempted murder charge) and then he will be punished by the Military. He may be court martialed as well, and be busted down to E1, and forfeit all pay and allowances. I have seen alot of people get punished twice. However, that is what you get when you commit a crime and bring discredit upon the Military, and the United States.

Do you know what "double jeopardy" means? It means that someone can not be tried for the same offense twice.

The military can not try him for ANY of the charges that he will be tried for in a Japanese court.

The military can, and will, probably try him for being A.W.O.L., and refusing to obey either a direct order, or general order, as there are orders on the books here in Japan with regards to behavior on liberty.

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ARTICLE XVII of Sofa .. Japan has the right for any criminal prosecution and punishment.

so yea , he is staying in jail.

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What a piece of work.

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The military can, and will, probably try him for being A.W.O.L., and refusing to obey either a direct order, or general order, as there are orders on the books here in Japan with regards to behavior on liberty.

how can he be charged with AWOL? The military would have to release him to Japanese custody, its not like he voluntarily ran away to their custody. If he did this during duty hours, then yes, that would be Absent without leave, but if he did it on liberty, thats not AWOL. The article says Before attacking the woman, Hill had taken a taxi at around 5:45 a.m. but did not pay the fare when he arrived at his destination near the Washington Hotel in Shinjuku.That makes no sense that he was AWOL; this instead implies he was off duty. The agreement is between the 2 governments, not an individual. A direct order implies...."go here,do that" There is no direct order for liberty, he possibly violated some article or catch all article of the UCMJ,

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Ronald H. Mandell wrote: A Marine cannot be a SEAL, period.

No kidding. You switched the order of what I said...I never said Marine to DEVGRU. But failing to get into DEVGRU they can transfer to the Marines. There is a process. Not saying its common or he did it. I am just saying he was not high enough caliber to be afforded the underhanded protections a DEVGRU goon would get in court, as we just saw last week.

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lol

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Deport him waste no time and the other American trash that runs around Tokyo acting like nutters.

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"The few, the proud... the Marines."

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Marines are supposed to be the best of the best not the worst of the worst. How could someone like this make it this far without triggering scrutiny?!

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leadership problem

you try being a 24/7 babysitter, overseas. Its tough, and many want to ditch that responsibility. Then you have what we have here.

many senior staff NCOs are busy doing something else. Married, shirking responsibility.

should of never got rid of the open squad bays, and group liberty policy

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"As a former Marine, I can say that the Marines Corps attracts more than it’s share of assholes, and I served with many. Many, if not most, join the Marines because they have a burning urge to prove that they are bad ass’ "

Ronald H. Mandell's honesty is commendable. The US base in Okinawa seems to have been a running sore in the eyes of Okinawans for generations now, and this sort of behaviour by the troops only deepens the dissatisfaction of the locals. Maybe the US Marines should look at the selection processes of other countries' special forces, like the British or Australian SAS, they would weed out someone like this character in pretty short order; or Russian or Israeli equivalents. It is unlikely this recruit would not be a liability in a combat situation, so why enlist him in the first place? Fewer but better troops would surely be preferable.

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As an American, I am so ashamed and mortified whenever I learn of crimes perpetrated by American military personnel against citizens of host countries. They bring a dishonor on all of their fellow servicemen/women that, unfortunately, overshadows the vast majority who behave properly while in their host nation. I hope the perpetrator has earned himself the Big Chicken Dinner (BCD) or a Dishonorable for his actions, in addition to the punishments he receives from the court(s), so that his veteran benefits are removed as well.

One thing I would like to point out is that the United States Marine Corps is not a special operations force like the Navy SEALS, UK SAS and SBS, Russian Spetsnaz, or Israeli Sayaret Matkal as other commentors have incorrectly claimed. The USMC is a branch of the military akin to the US Navy or US Air Force.

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The marines who fought in ww2 were a very different demographic to what is apparently being recruited today.

There is no excuse for this behaviour; marines or any other service personnel, US or other nationality are supposed to be disciplined professionals not random psychopaths, so yes he should face the consequences of his actions both in country and any subsequent military punishment.

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We no longer need troops in Japan. Japan should be allowed to defend themselves. I do not think they will try to take over the world again.

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If he is as dumb as he looks in the picture of him that is circulating, he will say something that will seal his fate for jail time here. Animal.

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Why does the US send these rampaging nuts to their bases overseas?

I thought it was common knowledge that criminals were given the choice of jail/gaol or being shipped overseas that people knew.Heard that from US military blokes back in '88 when they visited Australia. Similar to back in the day,criminal Brits being offered Australia or jail/prison. What do you expect?

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The more connected to facts and reality you are, the more ostracized you become, its just the way it is. Most Japanese I have talked to about this incident think its funny...why? Because most of them probably want to do the same thing. Anyways, the occasional "animal" means the USMC is still doing things right, they will sacrifice this guy and lock everybody down, repeat cycle. Things were getting weird under Gates/Obama...Male Marines kissing each other, kinda weird..and creepy....and dont blame me, I was told that was a court martial offense in my time, I never got the re training memo from the government.

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Screws up race relations too. Think that cabbie will be picking up many black customers in the future?

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