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TOKYO (AP) -- A U.S. sailor sought for questioning in the killing of a Japanese taxi driver near an American navy base was taken into custody early Saturday, U.S. Navy officials said.
U.S. Navy investigative officers apprehended the sailor in downtown Tokyo. He is charged with desertion and he "may have information regarding the murder," according to a statement released by the Commander U.S. Naval Forces Japan.
And the interesting part..."
The 61-year-old victim, Masaaki Takahashi, was found fatally stabbed in his cab Wednesday night in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, about a kilometer (half-mile) from the U.S. naval base.
Local media reports have said credit cards belonging to the detained sailor were found in the taxi driver's vehicle. Authorities had been looking for the sailor, said to be a seaman in his early 20s, since he was reported missing from his base on March 10.
The sailor was being held on base to answer the desertion charge, U.S. Navy spokesman Cmdr. David Waterman said. He said the man has not been named a formal suspect in the murder and no requests have been made to hand the man over to Japanese police under the accordance of a bilateral security agreement.
The name, age, nationality and other details about the sailor - a crew member of the USS Cowpens based at Yokosuka - were not released for privacy reasons, Waterman said. Kyodo News agency reported that the sailor is a Nigerian national serving in the U.S. Navy and that police are investigating witness accounts that he was connected with a group of Nigerians based in Tokyo.
Non-U.S. citizens with a proper immigrant permit can serve in the U.S. military.
Kanagawa prefectural police, where Yokosuka is located, were requesting the U.S. military give them direct access to the sailor so he could be questioned about the cab driver's killing, a police spokesman said on customary condition of anonymity....
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