“An Army soldier who crossed into North Korea in July is in U.S. custody, senior administration officials said Wednesday.

Private Travis King crossed the border from South Korea into North Korea “willfully and without authorization” through the Joint Security Area at Panmunjom on July 18, according to the U.S. Army. King crossed the border after skipping out on a flight to Fort Bliss, Texas, where he was set to face punishment on assault charges in Korea.

North Korean authorities transferred King to China with the help of the Swedish government.”