South Korean police accuse MP of attempted rape, robbery
CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — South Korea police say a soldier attempted to rape one South Korean woman and robbed another in Dongducheon early Sunday morning.
Yangju and Dongducheon police said a soldier they identify as Pfc. Jordan Nelson, 19, of the 55th Military Police Company, 19th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), around 2 a.m. broke into an unlocked office-style apartment where a 21-year-old woman identified only as Kim was sleeping alone.
Police said Nelson punched and beat Kim, possibly using a weapon, but Kim fought him off.
Police dispatched to the area found Nelson hiding in the boiler room of a nearby home, police said Monday.
Police also said Nelson robbed a woman identified only as Lee, 46, around 12:30 a.m. He punched the woman in the side and then stole her purse while walking on a street near the apartment building where the alleged rape attempt occurred, police said.
South Korean police questioned Nelson, then returned him to U.S. Army custody.
The case remains under investigation.
An Army spokeswoman said Monday that U.S. Forces Korea will work with South Korean law-enforcement officials to ensure a complete investigation is conducted. The spokeswoman would not verify the soldier’s identity due to “privacy considerations.”
Hwang Hae-rym contributed to this report.