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2 U.S. Servicemen Arrested in Japan

December 29, 1998

TOKYO (AP) _ Two U.S. Air Force servicemen stationed near Tokyo have been arrested on suspicion of attempting to kill a 39-year-old Japanese man by hitting him with a car, a police spokesman said Tuesday.

Arrested were Senior Airman Anthony Udy, 25, and Airman Arthur Tuttle, 21 _ both assigned to Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo, said Fussa Police spokesman Takeyasu Kasai.

The home states and towns of the two were not immediately known, Kasai said.

Police allege both men hit Yasutoshi Ishizuka in the face while walking on a street near the base early Monday morning. When Ishizuka called police on a portable phone, a car driven by Udy hit him from behind, Kasai said.

Ishizuka suffered a broken left leg, and his injuries will require two months of treatment, Kasai said.

Police later found the two airmen were drunk at the time and on their way to the base after drinking, the spokesman said. Police were investigating what led to the two airmen’s alleged initial attack on Ishizuka.

Yokota Air Base Sgt. Stephen Clutter said the base will express regret over the incident and cooperate fully with the Japanese police investigation.

There are 47,000 U.S. military service people stationed in Japan under a mutual security treaty.

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