Marine accused of punching Tokyo taxi driver, assaulting woman after not paying fare

by Hana Kusumoto and Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes

TOKYO – The U.S. military has confirmed Japanese media reports that a Marine is facing theft and assault accusations following a weekend incident in Tokyo.

Lance Cpl. Kahsai Hill, 21, was taken into custody Saturday by Tokyo Metropolitan Police on suspicion of robbery resulting in bodily injury after he allegedly punched a taxi driver in the face after not paying his approximately $7.40 fare, according to Kyodo News agency.

The incident happened at about 5:45 a.m. in front of a Shinjuku hotel, the report said.
Hill is also suspected of causing serious injuries to a 19-year-old female member of the Japan Self-Defense Force after allegedly strangling her and breaking her jaw in a fast-food restaurant that he entered while running away, according to investigators quoted by Kyodo.

“I don’t remember. I don’t want to talk until I consult a lawyer,” Hill told police, according to the report.

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