Update: I received an email from the 2ID PAO and this is how he explains the incident:
U.S. Soldiers injured in Dongducheon altercation 미군 장병들이 동두천에서 언쟁 중 부상을 입었다
CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea – Four 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers were injured during an altercation with a male club manager in Dongducheon entertainment district today.
캠프 레드클라우드, 대한민국 — 4명의 미 제2보병사단 소속 장병들이 오늘 동두천시 관광특구 거리에서 한 남성 클럽주와 언쟁 중 부상을 입었다.
The Korean male drew a knife injuring three Soldiers and another Soldier was injured when he was hit in the head with a baseball bat. Two other Korean citizens attempted to break up the altercation and one sustained an injury to his head.
한국인 남성은 칼을 꺼내 3명의 병사들에게 상해를 입혔고 야구배트로 머리에 가격을 당해 부상을 당한 나머지 한 병사에게도 상해를 가했다. 두 명의 한국인 시민들은 싸움을 말렸고 그 중 한 사람은 머리에 부상을 입었다.
The Korean male who stabbed the Soldiers is in Korean National Police custody.
미군 장병들을 칼로 찌른 한국인 남성은 한국 경찰에 구속되어있다.
A complete Korean National Police and U.S. Law Enforcement joint investigation is underway. We trust the investigative process will determine the facts. This incident is not representative of the favorable relationship between U.S. Soldiers and Korean Citizens in Dongducheon.
한국 경찰과 미군 범죄 수사단의 공동 수사가 진행 중이다. 우리는 진실을 밝혀내는 수사 절차를 신뢰하고 있다. 본 사건은 미군 장병들과 동두천시 한국 시민들의 좋은 관계와는 거리가 멀다.
“SECOND TO NONE!”
Here is the latest in GI shenanigans:
Four U.S. soldiers were injured during an early Saturday morning brawl that involved a knife and baseball bat outside a bar near Camp Casey in Dongducheon.
None of the injuries were considered life-threatening, but one soldier was in intensive care Saturday afternoon after being treated for a stab wound to the abdomen, a 2nd Infantry Division spokesman said.
The Korean bar manager told police that he was outside his establishment in The Ville shortly after 6 a.m. when he the four soldiers “provoked” him into an altercation by suggesting that his club employed prostitutes, according to the Dongducheon Police and 2ID. [Stars & Stripes]
You can read the rest at the link, but the club owner claims that the soldiers pulled the knife on him he wrestled it from them and then used it to defend himself. So am I supposed to believe that one club owner beat up 4 soldiers to include one armed with a knife? I think it is likely there is more to this story.
Anyway Yonhap has an article up on the fight that also says the soldiers threatened the club owner with a knife and he snatched it and defended himself. Then there was two other Koreans involved that supposedly were trying to break up the fight. Many of these clubs have gangster ties so it appears that these GIs pissed off the wrong guy that morning. According two Yonhap two of the soldiers were stabbed with one having life threatening injuries to his abdomen and is currently at 121 Hospital on Yongsan.
- Further Reading: A Profile of the Bosan-dong Ville