Irvine Man Convicted in Bank Shootout

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on May 17, 2014 · 0 comments

in Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Los Angeles, Orange County, Robbery

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Irvine California criminal defense attorneyAn Irvine businessman who exchanged gunfire with SWAT team members and held a bank employee hostage has been convicted on all counts except attempted murder.

Myung Jae Kim, a 56-year-old water purification plant owner, claimed that in 2007, more than $200,000 was stolen from his safety deposit box at Hanmi Bank in Buena Park. Kim filed a police report, and investigators determined that his wife had taken the money. However, Kim continued to harass bank employee Michelle Kwon about the money’s disappearance, even calling her new place of employment when she switched banks.

In 2012, Kim entered Saehan Bank with a sawed-off shotgun, four pipe bombs, shotgun shells, lighter, and a knife.

During the standoff, Kim asked everyone to leave the bank except Kwon, and held her hostage while he demanded that police pay him $250,000. He threatened to kill himself and Kwon if they did not comply. The incident ended after four hours when SWAT team members stormed the bank.

Kim was convicted of several assault charges and received several sentencing enhancements for use of a deadly weapon. He faces up to 24 years in prison when he goes to sentencing on June 14.

The Law Office of Salvatore Ciulla located in Orange County, California, represents individuals accused of murder and manslaughter, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and embezzlement, child abuse and domestic violence, narcotics possession and sales, drunk driving (DUI) and vehicular homicide, sexual assault and three strikes cases. We also take Juvenile Court cases and all misdemeanor offenses.

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