Police: Yongsan soldier to be charged with attempted rape
SEOUL — South Korean police say they will recommend charges of attempted rape and attempted robbery for a U.S. soldier in connection with a Sunday morning incident.
A South Korean police detective, speaking on condition of anonymity, said 20-year-old Pfc. Franklin Brian Christopher broke into an off-post barbershop around 1 a.m. Sunday and threatened a worker with a fake gun, demanding money and sex.
The detective said the soldier took about $60 from the woman and attempted to rape her before she was able to press an alarm button. Police responded and apprehended the soldier.
The detective said police wanted to hold the soldier, who works for the 121st Medical Hospital, but that the local facilities didn’t meet standards required to hold U.S. suspects.
The detective said his office is to forward the charges to the Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office sometime next week.
An 8th Army spokeswoman confirmed a soldier was apprehended and released to U.S. Forces Korea custody.
“The U.S. military is fully cooperating with the investigation,” Maj. Tanya Bradsher confirmed via e-mail Tuesday afternoon.