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Japanese teen kills American dependent with replica sword

Date Posted: 2011-12-02

An American teenager is dead after an argument over a girl escalated early Saturday morning at an apartment in Yomitan, when his Japanese friend stabbed him with a replica sword.

Kadena Police immediately arrested the 17-year-old Japanese teenager, who made the 119 call to police and reported “I stabbed a man in the back and chest.” The victim, 17-year-old Edward N. Allhouse Jr., was a student at Kadena High School. Police responded about 5:20 a.m., and Allhouse died about seven hours later at a local hospital of a stab wound to the chest.

The Japanese youth lived alone in the second floor apartment in the Takashiho district near Prefectural Road 6, Kadena Police say, but said Allhouse and a 17-year-old girl were also in the apartment at the time of the incident. Kadena Police say the boy was initially arrested on attempted murder charges, which have since been upgraded to murder since Allhouse died. Police say the Japanese youth admitted to the stabbing, saying “It was girl trouble. I was roused to anger and stabbed him”. The replica sword, police say, had a 60cm blade.

Police say the attacker and Allhouse were acquaintances, and investigators say in their report on the boy’s confession there was some trouble between the two when the girl was around. Although police say the boy lived alone, residents say the boy and girl were living together, with Allhouse visiting often. They also told police a Y-plate vehicle was often on the boy’s parking spot at the apartment, with the girl usually driving. The boy and girl spoke English to each other, witnesses say. “I thought they were married because they lived together,” one 70-year-old resident told police.

A search is on for another 5-6 young people thought to be in their teens who were said to be near the scene following the crime. Another apartment building resident said the teens “quarreled with loud voices several days ago, and I heard a door being kicked.”

Allhouse’s father works at Torii Station in Yomitan. The commander of the 10th Regional Support Group at Torii Station, Col. Lance Koenig, expressed “the sorrow felt by Eddie Allhouse’s loved ones, and we must remember the tremendous contributions as a student he made at Kadena High School, as well as the positive influence on fellow musicians, friends and the Okinawa community.” Allhouse’s Facebook site describe him as being a member of the hard rock band Shores.

A memorial service was held Tuesday afternoon in Yomitan for Allhouse.

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