Army investigates brawl allegedly involving Vicenza soldiers
Five U.S. soldiers stationed in Vicenza, Italy, were injured Sunday in a bar brawl with two illegal Serbian immigrants and spent the night in an Italian jail as a result of the scuffle, an Italian military police official said.
The five, whose names are not being published because no charges were filed, face no further legal action or recourse within the Italian judicial system, said Lt. Col. Fortunato Spolaore, an officer with the carabinieri, Italy’s military police.
Three of the five soldiers, who range in age from 20 to 28, were treated for injuries at an Italian hospital in Vicenza, he said. The other two, though hurt, refused treatment.
The fight broke out in the early morning hours Sunday at The Celtic Stone, a pub in downtown Vicenza.
The locale is not off-limits to U.S. personnel, said Master Sgt. Todd Oliver, a spokesman with Southern European Task Force (Airborne).
The five have been restricted to Vicenza’s city limits and are under orders to refrain from drinking alcohol pending the end of a U.S. military investigation, Oliver said.
Italian officials are in the process of deporting the two Serbian men, one of whom already has two expulsion orders, Spolaore said.