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Two GI’s face Japanese charges in taxi robbery

Date Posted: 2006-02-10

A pair of 20-year-old Marines are in military custody, being held for the Japanese police after admitting they robbed a taxi driver last month on Camp Foster.

Reginald Lowry and Henry Morgan are in the Camp Hansen brig, waiting for the Japanese Prosecutor’s Office to prepare the indictment paperwork that comes before they’re transferred to a Japanese jail.

Ginowan Police say there’s still more to the case, saying a third Marine was involved in the January 7th robbery outside an on-base barracks. That third suspect reportedly has left Okinawa and returned to the U.S.

Lowry reportedly told police he called the taxi company and asked for a taxi at his barracks. When it arrived, he said Morgan stepped up to the vehicle and threatened the driver with a knife after opening the front door. Morgan, according to police, grabbed the taxi driver’s change box containing about Y5,000 plus $5, and ran off.

Morgan told police he and his two friends cooked up the robbery scheme while sitting in the barracks where they all lived, then used the money to purchase junk food.

The Director of the Governor’s Secretariat, Junko Hanashiro, says the U.S. military police have not been forthcoming about the involvement of a third person. “Investigators haven’t said a word to us yet,” Hanashiro notes, but “Ginowan Police will continue to investigate the incident thoroughly, and we expect the Americans to support our efforts fully.

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