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US Service Member Charged with Attempted Murder, Rape in Portugal

A commercial aircraft lands at Lajes Field, Azores, Feb. 7, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kristopher Levasseur)
A commercial aircraft lands at Lajes Field, Azores, Feb. 7, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kristopher Levasseur)

LISBON, Portuga — Portuguese prosecutors have brought charges of attempted murder, rape, abduction and assault against an American serviceman stationed at the Lajes Field U.S. Air Force base in Portugal's mid-Atlantic Azores Islands.

The Azores Prosecutors' Office says the 28-year-old man committed the alleged crimes against a 26-year-old married woman and is being held in custody.

Investigating magistrate Joao Carreira said in a statement posted on the Azores Prosecutors' Office website late Wednesday that the serviceman knew the alleged victim. The statement said she escaped from him and swam into the sea before a passer-by helped her.

The alleged events occurred last November, and charges were brought after a police investigation.

The U.S. embassy in the Portuguese capital Lisbon said it was aware of the case but could not immediately respond to questions.

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