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CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — The Uijeongbu prosecutor’s office has charged a soldier with attempted rape and asked the Army for pretrial custody, prosecutors said Friday.

The office also plans to charge Pfc. Jordan Nelson, 19, of the 55th Military Police Company, 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), with an additional attempted-rape charge next week involving a second woman, a prosecutor’s office official said Friday.

“The prosecutors regard this as a grave criminal case,” the spokesman said.

South Korean police said Nelson tried to rape one South Korean woman and robbed another in Dongducheon.

Prosecutors did not specify whether they would pursue the robbery charges.

Police have accused Nelson of breaking into an unlocked apartment at about 2 a.m. on Oct. 22, where a 21-year-old woman, identified only as Kim, was sleeping alone.

They said he punched and beat Kim, possibly using a weapon, but Kim fought him off.

Police dispatched to the area found Nelson hiding in a nearby home’s boiler room, police said Monday.

They also said that at about 12:30 a.m. the same night, Nelson punched another woman in the side, then stole her purse. Police identified the woman only as Lee, 46, adding that the incident occurred on a street near the apartment building where Nelson is accused of the rape attempt.

The charges were filed Thursday. Army officials were not available for comment Friday afternoon.


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