US Army Soldier Arrested in Russia After Violent Incident with Girlfriend

US Army Staff Sergeant Gordon Black was arrested in Russia on theft charges following an argument, months after a violent video call with his Russian girlfriend. Black, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran, had refused to pay court-ordered child support to his wife in Texas.

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US Army Soldier Arrested in Russia After Violent Incident with Girlfriend

US Army Soldier Arrested in Russia After Violent Incident with Girlfriend

US Army Staff Sergeant Gordon Black was arrested on May 2 in Vladivostok, Russia, and is being held in pre-trial confinement on theft charges following an argument. The incident occurred months after a violent video call between Black and his Russian girlfriend, witnessed by his wife, Megan, and 6-year-old daughter in Texas.

Why this matters: This incident highlights thechallenges US service members and their families face in their personal lives, which can have a ripple effect on their professional duties and overall well-being. It also underscores the complexities of navigating international relationships and the potential legal consequences that can arise from them.

During the video call, the girlfriend clawed at Black's face and stabbed him, leaving him with blood on his face. "Screaming turned to violence, with his girlfriend clawing at his face. Then she pulled a knife," Megan Black said. "She stabbed him," Megan added, noting that her daughter was distraught and her husband had blood on his face.

Black, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran posted at Camp Humphreys outside Seoul, South Korea, made the surprise video call to his daughter in Texas months before his arrest. His mother, Melody Jones, said Black followed his girlfriend to Russia despite their tumultuous relationship, which she described as "fought like cats and dogs." Jones warned the couple, "One of you is going to get hurt one of these days... if you fight, it's not a good thing if it's all you do."

Black's arrest presents another headache for US officials, who are already dealing with several high-profile detention cases in Russia. His wife, Megan, is finalizing their divorce and has been struggling to receive child support from Black. According to her attorney, Jeff Linick, Black had refused to pay court-ordered child support, and it took "pulling teeth" to get the Army to withhold some child support from his paychecks.

The incident highlights the personal and legal challenges faced by US service members and their families. Black's violent altercation with his girlfriend, witnessed by his young daughter, and his subsequent arrest in Russia while refusing to pay child support, underscore the complex issues at play. As US officials navigate Black's detention in Russia, his family in Texas grapples with the emotional and financial fallout of his actions.

Key Takeaways

  • US Army Staff Sgt. Gordon Black arrested in Russia on theft charges.
  • Black had a violent video call with his Russian girlfriend, witnessed by his wife and daughter.
  • Black's wife is finalizing their divorce and struggling to receive child support.
  • Black's arrest adds to US officials' headaches with high-profile detention cases in Russia.
  • The incident highlights personal and legal challenges faced by US service members and their families.