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Three U.S. service members stationed on an American military base in Okinowa, Japan were arrested in separate incidents on assault and shoplifting charges, according to Japanese police. 

U.S.-based military news outlet Stars & Stripes, citing deputy police chief Hirotoshi Iha’s statement, reported that Petty Officer Ricardo Alfre Monsalvogarza, 27, of U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, is accused of punching his Japanese girlfriend in the face several times.

Prosecutors charged him with assault Sunday after he was taken into custody on Saturday at his home in Yamazato, Okinawa City.

Monsalvogarza admitted to the charge, Iha said.

Lance Cpl. Jose Alejandro Araica, 20, of

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