Okinawa police said the bodies of a U.S. Navy sailor and a Japanese woman were found in a unit of this apartment building around 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2019. AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES
Okinawa police said the bodies of a U.S. Navy sailor and a Japanese woman were found in a unit of this apartment building around 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2019. AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES

Okinawa police: Sailor who stabbed woman in apparent slaying-suicide had a history of domestic violence

by Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The 3rd Marine Division sailor apparently responsible for killing a woman and then himself on Okinawa over the weekend had a pattern of domestic violence known to local and military police.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Gabriel A. Olivero, a 32-year-old Navy corpsman from North Carolina, fatally stabbed a 44-year-old Japanese woman he was allegedly in a relationship with Saturday morning inside a six-story apartment building in the Kuwae district of Chatan, according to an Okinawa Prefectural Police spokesman. Olivero then apparently turned the knife on himself.

Olivero had a history of domestic violence allegations and the woman — whose name has not been released — had reported him to U.S. military police in January for sexually assaulting her during a breakup, the spokesman said.

The woman told Okinawa police in February that she did not wish to press charges as the incident was being handled by base officials.

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