|Japanese protest U.S. military presence in Japan|
A U.S. soldier has been arrested after breaking into the home of a teen and beating him up before fleeing, according to Japanese police.
Compounding the difficulties the U.S. military faces on the Japanese island of Okinawa, a U.S. Airman is under investigation over allegations that he broke into the home of a local family on Friday, and assaulted a teenager before jumping from a third floor balcony.
The incident is likely to further deepen resentment among residents of Okinawa on the important U.S. military presence on the island. The situation was extremely delicate following the arrest last month, of two U.S. sailors accused of raping a local woman.
That case sparked angry protests from Japanese officials and local residents. The U.S. military responded by imposing a night curfew on its thousands of troops in the country, a restriction that was disobeyed this Friday.
Okinawa police said that the suspect is alleged to have broken into the family apartment in the village of Yomitan at about 1:00 a.m. Friday, hit a 13-year-old, who was in bed and damaged a television.
The boy was left with a lesion on the cheek.
The soldier suffered "possible fractures and internal injuries" after jumping from the balcony of the apartment and has been admitted to a military hospital in the nearby U.S. base of Kadena Air Force, U.S. military officials said.