In announcing that 2700 Marines may be moved from Okinawa to Hawaiʻi, Senator Daniel Inouye said: “We must build more housing, secure more training areas and improve and expand infrastructure while working with the counties and the state to make certain the Marines transition easily into their new duty station in Hawaii. The one thing I am confident of, is that the people of Hawaii will welcome these brave men and women and their families with Aloha.”
Last night, a sailor from the USS Carl Vinson nuclear powered aircraft carrier allegedly broke into a Waikiki apartment and assaulted the residents. Okinawans have complained about the rates of violence, sexual assault and crime committed by U.S. troops stationed there. Is this what will “transition easily” to Hawaiʻi? Did the assaulted Waikiki residents not show the sailor enough “Aloha”? The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports “Sailor from USS Carl Vinson allegedly terrorized Waikiki residents” (May 16, 2012):
Security guards from a neighboring building helped subdue and capture a 20-year-old sailor, from the visiting aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, who allegedly broke into an occupied apartment in Waikiki overnight and assaulted one of the residents, police said.
The 20-year-old man broke into the louvered window of an apartment near Paokalani and Kuhio avenues at about 12:16 a.m. and when residents in the apartment approached him, the suspect became aggressive, police said. The residents, a 30-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman, retreated back into the apartment. But the suspect broke in and assaulted one of the residents, police said.
Security guards from a neighboring building heard the commotion and came to the aid of the apartment dwellers, detaining the suspect until police arrived and arrested him.
The man matched the description of an earlier criminal property damage case and the victims in that case came to the apartment building and identified the suspect, who was in custody for investigation of burglary, criminal property damage and assault.