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SEOUL — An 8th Army military policeman was charged Wednesday with robbery resulting in injury for beating a taxi driver and stealing his vehicle nearly two months ago.

Private 1st Class Michael Curtis Adams was placed in pre-trial custody at Seoul Correctional Facility on Wednesday, according to Uijeongbu District Court officials, who are handling the case.

No court date has been set, and Adams is currently under international hold — meaning he cannot leave the country until the proceedings are finished.

Adams turned himself in to U.S. Forces Korea officials a day after the March 26 attack. The 21-year-old, a private with the 55th MP Company, is stationed at Yongsan Garrison, but was temporarily working at Camp Casey.

Police said Adams hailed a luxury taxi in downtown Seoul around 10 p.m., ran up about a $50 fare on the 18-mile ride to Uijeongbu, and attacked the driver when they arrived in the city. Adams then forced the driver from the taxi and left with the vehicle, officials said.

Police found the taxi about an hour later parked at an apartment complex near the U.S. Army’s Camp Red Cloud. South Korean news channels and Web sites aired security camera footage that showed male running in and out of one of the apartments.

Police claim they discovered the soldier’s cell phone in the taxi.

Adam’s battalion commander, command sergeant major and chaplain visited the injured taxi driver to offer a “reconciliation” payment to the soldier, an 8th Army spokesman said.

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