Red Cloud GI questioned in assault
CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — South Korean police spent several hours Friday interrogating a U.S. soldier in connection with a brutal attack that left a South Korean man with about eight inches of stitches in his face.
Police identified him as Camp Red Cloud-based Pfc. Jerome Everrette, 22, who was detained at the scene of the attack. Everrette has not been charged.
Police also said they’re seeking two other soldiers whom they believe were involved in the July 2 incident.
Everrette, escorted to Uijongbu city police station by two U.S. military policemen and another soldier, was met by a throng of South Korean media and the victim’s sister, who had to be restrained as she screamed, “Who is the [expletive] who did this to my brother?”
Superintendent Jeon Jae-hee of the Uijongbu police department said Everrette told police he was not involved in the attack.
Cho Su-whan, 34, the victim, also was at the station Friday giving a statement.
Cho, a chef, said he had left a high school reunion shortly before midnight when he accidentally bumped into one of three men, whom he thought were U.S. soldiers, coming toward him in a narrow alley.
Moments later, when he stopped to urinate by the roadside, the men attacked him, he said.
“I turned around a felt a beer bottle smash across my face and blood started squirting out,” he said through a translator.
One man hit him with the bottle but the other two attackers were also brandishing bottles, he said.
Police superintendent Jeon said Everrette claimed he had attempted to give emergency aid to the victim.
He said police will interview a witness who supported Cho’s claim that three attackers were involved. They also are examining forensic evidence, including pieces of the bottle that smashed Cho’s face, and samples from a trail of blood leading away from the crime scene, he said.
Police have asked U.S. military authorities to conduct a joint investigation, Jeon said.
A 2nd ID spokesman said the division was waiting for more information from the South Korean police before deciding what action to take.