Five soldiers facing charges in attack on South Korean cabbie
January 12, 2006
SEOUL — South Korean police said Tuesday they’re preparing charges against five U.S. soldiers accused of attacking a South Korean taxi driver on Christmas night.
Kwon O-hyun of the Uijeongbu police department said his office would forward charges of “robbery and inflicting bodily injury” to prosecutors by the end of the week.
The soldiers were questioned from about 10 a.m. to midnight Monday, Kwon said, and four of the five admitted to the crime.
He said one soldier denied any involvement but the other four stated the fifth soldier was involved.
A Dec. 28 2nd Infantry Division news release stated all five soldiers admitted to their involvement in the incident.
“Upon further questioning on December 27, the soldiers admitted to the assault.” the news release stated.
Military officials have assisted in the investigation, but South Korean police have jurisdiction because the assault happened off base during off-duty hours.
The driver, Kim Tae-geun, said he picked up five soldiers at the Uijeongbu subway station on Christmas night.
Kim said the soldiers directed him to an isolated area before they began to beat him.
He said they stole about $180 cash and his $600 cell phone before putting him in the trunk.
He managed to escape from the trunk and ran to a police station for help, he said.
The soldiers are from two units — 4th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment and 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Regiment — according to 2nd ID officials.