[UPDATED with All IDs, Pleas to Revised Charges:] No Murder Counts in Shooting Death of Minh Kinh Dang in Medical Pot Delivery Robbery-Gone-Bad

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UPDATE, JUNE 28, 10:55 A.M.: Authorities have identified the third man who allegedly tried to rob a medical-marijuana deliveryman--only to watch his partner get shot and killed by a security guard--as 20-year-old Hwa Sung Sim.

Because Minh Kinh Dang of Santa Ana was killed in the apparent commission of a robbery, Sim; James Yi, 18, of Irvine; and Earl Augustus Austin, 19, of Santa Ana, were originally held by police for suspected murder. But the three pleaded to charges and sentencing enhancements related to robbery on Monday in Orange County Superior Court.

Austin pleaded guilty to felony attempted robbery, with a possible sentencing enhancement for the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 19.

Yi and Sim pleaded not guilty to the same charge and possible sentencing enhancement, while Yi also denied a second possible sentencing enhancement for the use of a dangerous or deadly weapon. They are scheduled to return to court July 6 for a pretrial hearing.

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Not the truck in question
ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 23, 11:52 A.M.: Police say Minh Kinh Dang and three friends tried to rob a medical-marijuana deliveryman in Brea Wednesday night.

But after Dang whipped out a gun, the deliveryman's security guard produced his own and fatally shot Dang, according to police.

Now, Dang's three accomplices are being held for his murder.

This all went down just before 8:15 p.m. in the Birchwood Village apartment complex, located at 1717 E. Birch St., Brea. The unidentified guard fired three rounds at Dang, and the sound of the blasts produced a police call of shots fired.

Officers arrived and, after seeing Dang's dead body on the ground, initially held the guard. But after questioning him and the deliveryman, also unidentified, as was his Los Angeles medical-marijuana dispensary, they were released.

Arrested for armed robbery and Dang's murder were: James Yi, 18, of Irvine; Earl Augustus Austin, 19, of Santa Ana; and an unidentified third male.



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Johnway101
Johnway101

Dangsux?? Dangisdead... Cmon now have some fuckin respect.. If I ever find out who u bitches are I'm Goin to personally fuck u guys up.

Skeetingnurmouth
Skeetingnurmouth

Fuck all u racist in Orange County!!! Lucky i wasnt with those kids because the story would be totally diffrent. We would be smokin laughing at this sh*t, eatin asian-soul food. NHBG 4 life bitches!

alive and loving it!
alive and loving it!

LOL! i love reading these comments! people trying to act tough on the internet and saying "i'll beat yo ass" "you didnt know him" like hell i would want too, people are calling him an "ass" and "douchebag",  he was obviously a bully and its hilarious to see people defending a criminal who was threatening two men trying to make a living. I have no sympathy towards people like that! Lol he was a "tattoo artist" im sure he was SUPER talented ^_^ whoever has a "piece" done by him will now forever be reminded on how he died for something so insignificant! lol what a moron :P 

anon
anon

i went to this guys school. he was a fucking douchebag and a dick to everyone. you live with the decisions you make, or in this case, you die.

Justice1911
Justice1911

It doesn't matter if these kids were generally bright kids. Play around with guns and you get shot. No second chances. You should have just asked your mom for money. I feel for Minh Dang's parents.

MNML
MNML

fuck all you who dont give a shit that he died. its sad having a life taken away from this earth.. i didnt know the guy at all but respect the dude man he lost his damn life..

anonymous1
anonymous1

first off i would like to say fuck you to all the people that are hating and don't know any of these people and secondly you fuckers wouldn't have the balls to say that shit in front of any of their friends and family so stfu and keep your opinions to yourself you fucking losers.

Anonymous
Anonymous

These guys are obvoiusly retarded and stupid, over a few ounces of weed. Get a life...before it's gone (too late for one).

Ucanfindbo
Ucanfindbo

Dang my nig you should have just said no man you didnt have to rob nobody you dumb ass bitch but better you then the guard who was just tryin feed his family stupid ass

Observer
Observer

Incidents like this  "cant happen to anybody"    It takes a specific mind set, attitude and overt criminal action.   These guys are thugs who were bent on criminal activities.  Anybody could have been their victim's would be a more correct statement.  But not anymore !!

a person
a person

It's sad that we live in a society these days of pre-judging and judgment.  No one can ever fully understand why people do certain things or what is going on in their minds to direct them to do terrible things.   All we can do is support the people that are left here to cope and try to understand what happened.  Incidents like these can happen to anyone, it doesn't matter what color your skin is, whether you come from a privledge upcoming or have had to struggle to put food on the table for your family.  Because ultimately when it comes down to it, all of these boys were someones son, brother, grandchild, nephew, cousin, uncle or friend.  And individually, each one of us reading this blog is hopefully someone's son or daughter, brother or sister, mom or dad, grandparent, aunt or auncle, cousin or friend.  All of us are given a heart and in these times try opening it up because again, this type of tragedy can happen to you.

Rip hommie
Rip hommie

Fuck all of u bitches earl and Minh are my niggas for life. They wernt thugs or Anything they were just KIDS fresh 18 cmon now, everyone makes stupid choices, It dn't have to go down like this. And for all mother fcukers saying ur not surprised this happened?? WTF is wrong with u, Minh was an amazing persoN who was a talented artist, football player and a friEnd. So fuck all u motherfuckers especially u fuxkin Fairmont faggS

Gorillathingy
Gorillathingy

I also went to school with this guy.

All I can say is I'm not too surprised this happen.

anon
anon

wow, i also went to school with them. Earl was chill, didnt know the others, but minh was a total ass so im not sad about this or surprised something like this happened to him. 

Guest
Guest

His name was Minh Khiem Dang. Not Minh Kinh Dang. I went to the same highschool with him. RIP.

Joshevans
Joshevans

 Playin' w/ fire one gets burned.

Whatever happened to the Brea cops who MURDERED the dude last summer. Something tells me Kang Schroeder didn't call a press conference for that one!

Mary Sunshine
Mary Sunshine

Well,school is out,granted these guys were alittle old, but they were also stupid. Did they stop to think that just maybe he would have some security? Or was Cheech was driving the van?Stupid stupid boys. Life as you know it has ended.

Outsider
Outsider

Am I the only one scratching my head? Why were his accomplices charged with murder? They didn't shoot him, and the guard responsible did so in self defense. So where is the murder??

meow
meow

oh jeez.. this one needs to get out of the fricken suburbs. or perhaps, you just need to get your head out of your ass.. learn to be human, you self important prick.

^__^
^__^

You don't seem to have sympathy at all. Alive and loving it? I bet. And all you have to do is read some article about teenagers you don't know and write some snide comment from a far and safe distance. You're tough ^__^

P.S. He WAS super talented.

tl
tl

do everyone a favor and shut the fuck up.

Anonymous
Anonymous

uh huh and I wonder why? Cause you guys probably have guns and knives too huh? Are you and your idiot friends going to kill us and go to jail and/or end up being shot too? Go for it dumbass, I don't think we are the "fucking losers" in this case, cause we don't lose our integrity, friends, family, and most importantly, our lives. Word to the wise: Check yourself before you wreck yourself, "nigga"

Dangisdead
Dangisdead

why do you keep calling him "nig". he was a gook right?

Demjunior
Demjunior

"Fuck all of u bitches earl and Minh are my niggas for life. They wernt thugs or Anything they were just KIDS fresh 18 cmon now, everyone makes stupid choices, It dn't have to go down like this."

Yeah, your right...we all make stupid choices and we all don't always get what we deserve. He pulled a gun on someone and got a bullet for his actions. That is what he deserved and nothing less.

Good shooting to the bodyguard, one less piece of shit in the OC. Tell your "nigga" Earl not to drop the soap.

Alyssa
Alyssa

Really though fuck all of you! You didn't know them. Minh was an amazing guy. Everytime he was around he was always happy. Don't judge people if you don't know them! How the fuck would you feel having a friend, sibling, or your kid die. You wouldn't be talking all the shit you are now! So go somewhere else with that. Cuz Minh is loved and missed by MANY! Earle was tight too. He may have made a bad choice along with the other ones but just Like Minh this isn't them. Minh was a great artist and tattoo artist. Me and my man and his whole family were lucky to get a piece done by him. We miss you Minh! Rest in paradise! :) forget the haters!

DANGISDEAD
DANGISDEAD

First of all MIHN IS DEAD!

He is dead because he was a criminal, not a good man, a simple thief who paid with his life for his choice. Stupid?? Maybe. His parents fucked up, he fucked up and now he's DEAD.

As for the other three morons, they'll be fucked after getting out of prison.

Case and point dumbass why talented artists and football players ARE NOT GOOD FRIENDS, they are DEAD. Because they chose to take the chance.

Dangsux
Dangsux

nigga 4 lyfe? well i hope u join your dead nigga then. u piece of shit :-)

Anon
Anon

Wow calling fairmont students fags, It seems you have the same attitude as him. Youre also an ass. Ps spell like a normal person, you look like a complete idiot With all these random capital letters

Bw8524
Bw8524

anon, Gorillathingy, Dangisdead why dont you guys say that to my face

bwarr

Bw8524
Bw8524

fuck you...minh was my homie ill beat yo ass

bwarr

anonymous
anonymous

I saw the whole thing - happened in front of my house. Saw him and his friends in our neighborhood many times before. This time they were sitting in their car waiting for a few hours - then bang bang bang. It was awful. I don't feel bad at all though. Screw him for bringing that to my front yard. I will always be traumatized by seeing his dead body from my window.  Stupidity at its finest. 

Dxvizconde
Dxvizconde

Minh was a chill guy, smiles and laughs all day long, he will be missed by hundreds of family and friends. Rest in peace brother.

D. OC-Beaner
D. OC-Beaner

what was this kid like? i heard he was a rich kid that went to a private school

Backalleybartender
Backalleybartender

Death while in the commission of a felony. Felony murder. They were there to commit a felony.

Bill T.
Bill T.

It's the law, look it up. If you're involved in a robbery where someone gets killed in the prosecuition of the crime you can be charged with murder.

Simon Cabron
Simon Cabron

Probably because their collective actions led to his death. I'm sure they were also charged with attempted robbery.

lol
lol

"Go for it," says the Anonymous.

lol
lol

I feel sorry for all the horrible trauma you went through to have to hatred towards life to write this kind of shit.

Dangisdead
Dangisdead

At least I'm not dead in a cheesy apartment complex parking lot over an 1/8 chronic!

hb
hb

you're obviously not talented or athletic.

Bw8524
Bw8524

anon, Gorillathingy, Dangisdead,Dangsux why dont you guys say that to my face bwarr

lol
lol

YOU spell like a normal person.

anonymous
anonymous

You should spell "with" without a capital W. And please check your grammar.

Bw8524
Bw8524

anon, Gorillathingy, Dangisdead why dont you guys say that to my face

rageniv
rageniv

wow, an 18 year old kid was murdered in front of you.. a living, breathing, laughing, joking boy with friends and loved ones lost his life, and all you care about is your peace of mind? i mean, do you even care enough to be traumatized? go whine somewhere else, and maybe pick up some sleeping meds while you're at it.. you know, to help escape the horrors of such a dreadful occurrence in your saintly existence. *smiles*

Simon Cabron
Simon Cabron

I'm sure "James Yi of Irvine" was pretty well off himself.

Alvin
Alvin

I'd love to.

And if you knew Minh, you knew this is where he'd end up. Either here or in jail.

He tried to fight one of my buddies for no other reason than just to fight him. That's the kind of asshole that ends up behind bars or shot dead.

Anon
Anon

Haha, so i have. I'll do better next time, I promise!

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