Posts Tagged: Crime

Orange County vet accused of murdering four homeless men has a homeless father

The New York Times reported: The man charged on Tuesday with the stabbing deaths four homeless men in Orange County over the last month, Itzcoatl Ocampo, has a personal connection to the area’s group of homeless: his father lives among them. But Ocampo also is a Iraq war vet suffering from combat trauma: After a… Read more »

Accidents, Rapes, Murders, Suicides, Guns and Explosives

Here is a sampling of recent news stories related to crimes and accidents involving military personnel. The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported “Motorcyclist killed in Ewa Beach was decorated Army sergeant” (1/06/2012): The city Medical Examiner’s Office today identified the 27-year-old Schofield Barracks soldier who died in a motorcycle accident Thursday as Aaron Bennett. Bennett, from… Read more »

U.S. soldier charged with rape, transferred to South Korean custody

Stars and Stripes reports that a U.S. Soldier charged with rape was transferred to South Korean custody: South Korean police charged a U.S. soldier Tuesday with rape and larceny for allegedly attacking a 17-year-old South Korean girl in her residence on Sept. 17, following a night of drinking in Seoul. Pvt. Kevin Robinson, 21, who… Read more »

Rape in the US military: America’s dirty little secret secret

The Guardian published an excellent article on the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military. Here are some astounding facts: Rape within the US military has become so widespread that it is estimated that a female soldier in Iraq is more likely to be attacked by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. So… Read more »

‘Rape’ remark by Japan Defense Ministry official may be final nail in the coffin of Futenma base relocation plan

The statement by Japanese Defense Ministry official  in Okinawa comparing the base relocation plan to ‘rape’, only the latest outrage over the proposed relocation of the Futenma military base to Henoko, is causing a political storm that, as the Asahi Shimbun opined, “could spell end to (the) Futenma plan”: Discussing the relocation of the U.S…. Read more »

Okinawan defense chief compared military relocation to rape

The head of the Okinawan Defense Bureau compared the relocation of the Futenma military base to Henoko to an act of rape and may lose his job because of it.   It was probably a poor political choice of words given the politically charged atmosphere in Okinawa regarding U.S. military bases and the many crimes committed… Read more »

APEC’s first defining moments: 1 man dead, 8 arrested for peaceful protest

An alleged murder in Waikiki involving a federal agent and arrests of (De)Occupy Honolulu protesters have heralded the debut of APEC 2011. Confusing details are emerging about the alleged killing of Kollin Elderts by off-duty APEC state department agent Christopher Deedy, an incident Ian Lind calls the “first defining moment of APEC”. KHON reported that:… Read more »

Pearl Harbor-Hickam man held in alleged sex assault at Ala Moana

Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that a 24-year old man, “who lives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, was arrested pending charges of first-degree sexual assault, unauthorized entry into a vehicle, fourth-degree theft and criminal property damage.”  The victim alleges that “the man entered her vehicle without her permission and sexually assauilted her about 3 a.m. The… Read more »

US GI in SKorea gets 10 years in prison for rape

The AP reports that a “US GI in SKorea gets 10 years in prison for rape”: A South Korean court sentenced a U.S. soldier to 10 years in prison Tuesday for raping a teenage girl — the second harshest punishment handed down to a convicted American soldier here in nearly 20 years. Uijeongbu District Court… Read more »

Korea: U.S. soldier accused of raping teen released without arrest

The Hankyoreh newspaper reports: A female student in her teens was allegedly sexually assaulted by a drunk U.S. soldier in the middle of the night at her residence in Dongducheon, Gyeonggi Province. The same town was the site of a physical assault and attempted sexual assault on an old couple in February, also by a… Read more »