South Korean forces arrested a Louisiana man Monday after he crossed the civilian control line near the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas.
The unidentified 58-year-old man, identified only as “A,” traveled to South Korea in recent days and crossed the DMZ to try to enter North Korea for “political purposes,” according to the Yonhap News Agency, South Korea’s news service.
But investigators later said that was not the case after they determined he had "no Communist connections," according to Stars and Stripes, a U.S. military newspaper.
South Korean officials arrested the man Monday morning, days after he arrived in South Korea.
A villager of the border county of Yeoncheon, about 40 miles north of Seoul, saw the man and reported him to authorities, according to the Yonhap News Agency.
The 2.5-mile-wide strip of land between North and South Korea has kept the countries separate since the Koreans War ended in 1953 in an armistice without a peace treaty.
The U.S. Embassy in Seoul told The Washington Post it was aware of the report. “If it is determined that a U.S. citizen has been detained, the U.S. Embassy will provide appropriate consular services,” the Embassy told The Post.