Ex-Misawa jiujitsu instructor convicted of attempted manslaughter in on-base brawl

Rodrigo Gomez teaches jiujitsu at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Feb. 17, 2016. JORDYN FETTER/U.S. AIR FORCE
Rodrigo Gomez teaches jiujitsu at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Feb. 17, 2016. JORDYN FETTER/U.S. AIR FORCE

Ex-Misawa jiujitsu instructor convicted of attempted manslaughter in on-base brawl

by Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes

A federal jury in Little Rock, Ark., has convicted former jiujitsu instructor at Misawa Air Base of attempted manslaughter of an airman during a fight in an on-base café.

Rodrigo Pineda Gomez, 44, the husband of an Air Force officer, was arrested in February last year on charges stemming from a New Year’s Eve 2016 incident at Cafe Mokuteki, a popular eatery at the home of the 35th Fighter Wing in northern Japan.

The jiujitsu instructor, who was barred from U.S. military bases in Japan after the fight, was indicted in Arkansas because that’s his last known state of residence.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.578553

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