Marine arrested on Okinawa after punching patrol officer, police say

Marine arrested on Okinawa after punching patrol officer, police say

by Matthew M. Burke and Aya Ichihashi
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Japanese police arrested a Marine over the weekend on Okinawa for allegedly punching a police officer who was breaking up a fight.

Lance Cpl. Domonic Bulgara, 20, was arrested in an Araha Beach parking lot in Chatan at 4:18 a.m. Saturday after striking the officer in the left cheek with his right fist, an Okinawa police spokesman said. He said the patrol officer stopped to break up an argument involving Bulgara and an unspecified number of individuals. Officials in Japan often do not identify themselves for the record as a condition of their employment.

The officer was not injured in the altercation, the spokesman said. Bulgara is charged with obstructing police in the performance of official duties. His case has been referred to the Naha District Public Prosecutors Office.

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