U.S. sailor held for assaulting guard

JIJI

Police arrested a drunken sailor from the U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Monday for allegedly assaulting a security guard of a commercial building in Yokohama.

The suspect, John Canfield, a 22-year-old crew member of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, reportedly said at the Tobe police station that he could not remember why he was taken into custody.

The police suspect the seaman hit the 28-year-old male security guard in the face and slightly injured him on the first floor of Yokohama Station on Monday afternoon.

According to the police station, the suspect punched the security guard when he was told by the guard to stop talking persistently to a female passerby. The guard handed the sailor over to the police.