Marine admits to punching Tokyo taxi driver after ditching cab fare

A taxi waits at a stoplight in Tokyo's Shinjuku ward in this undated photo. PIXABAY
A taxi waits at a stoplight in Tokyo's Shinjuku ward in this undated photo. PIXABAY

Marine admits to punching Tokyo taxi driver after ditching cab fare

by Caitlin Doornbos and Hana Kusumoto
Stars and Stripes

TOKYO — A 21-year-old Marine who punched a taxi driver in Shinjuku in May pleaded guilty Tuesday in Tokyo District Court to a charge of bodily injury.

Lance Cpl. Kahsai Tyree Hill, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, admitted to punching a 24-year-old taxi driver in the face on May 25, which left a bruise that required “two weeks medical treatment,” according to prosecutors.

When the judge asked Hill through an interpreter whether the allegations in the charge were accurate, Hill said, “I believe everything to be true.”

Prosecutors said the incident happened while Hill was sightseeing in Tokyo with fellow Marines. Though his regiment is based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Hill was residing at Marine Corps Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, which regularly hosts stateside Marines for training exercises.

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