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U.S. solider nabbed for interrupting pro-baseball game

All Headlines 16:23 May 10, 2015

SEOUL, May 10 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. soldier has been taken into police custody after breaking into a professional baseball game in Seoul over the weekend, police said Sunday.

The American corporal rushed onto the field of the Jamsil ballpark in eastern Seoul during a match between the Doosan Bears and the Hanwha Eagles, police said, adding the intrusion around 7:30 p.m. Saturday suspended the game for about five minutes.

Security guards of hosts Doosan Bears overpowered him while he was running toward first base from second base before handing him over to the police.

The American serviceman, whose name was withheld, was immediately put into police custody and an interrogation is due on Monday, a police officer said.

"Any statement made without the presence of a U.S. representative cannot stand as evidence under the Status of Forces Agreement," the officer said. "Therefore, we put him in custody after hearing from a staff member of the U.S. representative who said they will appear on Monday morning."

The agreement governs the legal status of some 28,500 U.S. soldiers stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.

Police said they plan to punish him for obstructing business following the interrogation.


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