A Japanese man reportedly had his neck slashed when he tried to stop a sailor from vandalizing a vehicle parked near Okinawa’s Camp Foster early Sunday morning.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Neal Scheffer, 23, was arrested by local police after three men called to report him for breaking the side mirror of a parked car at about 4 a.m., Stars and Stripes reported.
As the men attempted to stop Scheffer from damaging the vehicle, the sailor allegedly grabbed some of the broken glass of the side mirror and struck at one of them, cutting him on the side of his neck, the report said.
The strained relationship between Okinawa’s local populace and the region’s U.S. military occupants is well-documented.
The three men then managed to detain him until police arrived, the report said. The wounded man required “a few” stitches, Okinawa Police spokesman Takashi Tonouchi told Stripes.
Scheffer, who police believe was visiting Okinawa from Guam, appeared to be heavily intoxicated, police told Stripes.
He is being held by Okinawa authorities, pending charges.