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PYONGTAEK, South Korea — A U.S. airman based in Taegu, South Korea, was charged with assault after allegedly throwing a South Korean into a river near Taegu Air Base, officials said Tuesday.

The incident occurred Aug. 12 around 10:30 p.m. after the airman became involved in “an altercation” with the South Korean, 1st Lt. Jennifer Geeslin, an Air Force spokeswoman at Osan Air Base, said Tuesday.

She said the U.S. military wouldn’t divulge the airman’s name because the case is still under investigation.

South Korean police arrested the airman last Sunday, the South Korean daily newspaper Kukmin reported on its Web site. Police turned the airman over to military police at Camp Walker in Taegu, who later released him to his unit, Geeslin said.

The victim was a 28-year-old South Korean with the last name Kim, according to the Kukmin report.

It quoted local police saying the airman and friends had been drinking when the airman approached the South Korean man. The airman then allegedly threw the victim into the river. He later allegedly said he’d done it for fun, according to the Kukmin report.

Geeslin said the U.S. military police report said the incident involved no alcohol or injuries, and she had no information on what led to the altercation.

Taegu Air Base, also known as K-2 Air Base, is a commercial airport that shares space with the South Korean air force. U.S. Air Force and Army units occupy a separate compound at K-2.

Hwang Hae-rym contributed to this report.


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