Two more soldiers to be questioned in attack on S. Korean man
CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — Uijongbu police will question two more U.S. soldiers allegedly involved in a bottle attack that left a South Korean man with deep cuts in his face.
Eighth Army officials confirmed Wednesday that the soldiers, identified by South Korean police as Pfc. Walker and Pvt. Reynolds, both 20, were being questioned in relation to the July 2 incident.
Police did not provide the soldier’s first names.
Uijongbu police Lt. Kwon Oh-hyun said his office received a report from U.S. military police on Tuesday that the two Camp Red Cloud soldiers turned themselves in.
Police on Friday questioned another U.S. soldier from the camp who was identified as Pfc. Jerome Everrette, 22, of the 2nd Infantry Division. He was detained at the scene of the attack in downtown Uijongbu and has denied involvement, police said.
All three soldiers would be called to the Uijongbu police station for further questioning this week, Kwon said.
The victim, 34-year-old Uijongbu chef Cho Su-whan, told police in a statement Friday that Everrette and two other soldiers assaulted him.
He said the attack occurred shortly before midnight after he’d left a high school reunion. Cho said he accidentally bumped into one of three men walking 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 and felt a beer bottle smash across my face and blood started squirting out,” he said through a translator.
Cho’s screams drew a group of friends who chased the attackers and caught and detained Everrette while the other two escaped.
Cho was taken to a nearby hospital, where doctors removed glass shards and put in numerous stitches to close wounds that arch about 8 inches across his face, from his right cheek to above his left eye.
Uijongbu police Superintendent Jeon Jae-hee said that among other evidence to be examined in the case is footage from a nearby bank security camera that shows two men running from the scene.