Travis Kings is a United States Army soldier. He is between the ages of 23-24.
He was born in 1999 or 2000. He grew up in Racine, Wisconsin, and graduated from Washington Park High School in 2020.
In January 2021, King joined in the United States Army. He was deployed as a cavalry scout to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armoured Division, which arrived in South Korea in February 2022.
His time in South Korea is nothing to write home about. On October 8, 2022, around 3:46 p.m. KST (7:46 p.m. UTC), King was involved in an argument with South Korean people in Mapo, Seoul.
When police officers attempted to question him, he continued his hostile behaviour without answering their questions.
He also repeatedly kicked the police vehicle’s door, causing roughly 584,000 (US$458) in damage. He later pleaded guilty to assault and destruction of public property and paid $1 million (US$783) to have the vehicle repaired.
Following assault charges, King was scheduled to fly to Fort Bliss, Texas, for “pending administrative separation actions for foreign conviction in the United States,” but instead fled the airport and crossed the Military Demarcation Line in the Joint Security Area (JSA) into North Korea on July 18, 2023.
King was detained by North Korean authorities on 18 July 2023 and returned to US authorities on 27 September 2023.