Myung Jae Kim Faces 5 Life Terms for Hostage Standoff over Beef with Bank Manager

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A 54-year-old man who apparently blamed a bank manager for his financial loses--before taking her hostage and being shot in a standoff last week--faces 12 felony charges that include multiple counts of attempted murder and the possibility of five life terms plus 40 years in state prison, the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) announced today.

The hostage situation went down Thursday at Saehan Bank in Buena Park, but police say Myung Jae Kim of Irvine had a beef with the unidentified manager from her previous employment at an unidentified Garden Grove bank.

"He was out a large sum of money and believed the bank responsible," Buena Park Police Chief Corey Sianez said at a press conference Monday about Kim, who owns a water-filtration business in Garden Grove and has no criminal record.

A woman's 9-1-1 call from Saehan Bank at Beach Boulevard and Los Coyotes Drive before 11 a.m. Thursday reported a man with a gun and complaints against the branch, which is among seven in Southern California that mostly serve Korean-American businesses and individuals.

Kim communicated to police during the standoff that he wanted $250,000, and after agreeing to release everyone from the bank except the manager, he threatened to kill her and himself if that demand was not granted, Sianez revealed.

When it was just the two of them left in the bank, police were able to coax Kim and his hostage out to retrieve a phone, at which point the gunman is alleged to have fired a shotgun at officers before he was hit multiple times with return fire. Kim is accused of firing at the branch manager but missing her. She was unharmed. Three cops suffered minor injuries from glass and shrapnel. Kim is hospitalized in critical condition.

Sianez said a pipe bomb was found in Kim's pocket, and three more were on a table inside the bank next to a knife, a lighter and shotgun pellets. Bomb-making material was later found after search warrants were served on Kim's home and business, the chief added.

Today's OCDA statement is light on such details of the incident because, as this is an officer-involved shooting, local prosecutors are separately investigating that aspect, as is routine. Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Paul Kelly at 714.347.8818.

Meanwhile, Kim was charged Monday with four felony counts of attempted murder, three felony counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer, and one felony count each of possession of a destructive device in a public place, explosion of a destructive device, second-degree robbery, kidnapping to commit a robbery, and criminal threats. He also faces sentencing enhancements for no probation, the personal discharge of a firearm and the personal use of a firearm.

If he is convicted on all charges, he faces a maximum sentence of five life terms and 40 years in state prison, according to the OCDA, which notes Kim is being held without bail in his hospital bed pending an arraignment date to be determined.

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Knowledge101
Knowledge101

For those of you who don't know the story shut up, as a Korean i know what went down from the past years, the man stored 250 grand in his personal safety box at a Korean bank in Garden Grove, few years ago, which meant he and his wife were the only ones allowed into the Safety box with personal keys, as a Korean in the community there have been stories and cases where things were taken out of the Safety boxes at times, he then went in after months later to retrieve the cash he stored and it was long gone. At that time the manger worked at the firm in garden grove, for years he told them to catch the criminal that worked there because quite honestly the bank workers are the only ones who can do such a thing, and yes there are ways to open a safe, many ways.... to my understanding the bank told the man that there was no way that their workers would do such a thing and could not.... that right there was a lie, any worker that has been working there for at least an year knows how the bank operates. the manager says they did a check up on their workers bank accounts and transactions but what the f is that going to do, the man stored 250 grand in cash, who ever took the money could of stored it, using it by bits or giving it to a relative and no one will ever find out. There are so many possibilities with cash. To conclude, who knows if his wife also took money and did something with it, but in most cases she did not. Why would the man go in to the bank with a gun and only ask for 250 grand the original amount he stored at the bank in Garden Grove, his money was stolen period from the bank, yes he should of went to the lawyers but that takes time and money and its not as easy as you think, its a shame it went down like this. Guys store your money at your own property where no ones knows. 

peter sparks
peter sparks

He looks pissed off in his dmv photo, wait till he gets a few weeks over at ocj and theo lacy. After a few lip stretchings and a couple of ass packings he will be a new man....... Thats just from the sheriffs......

Michael Schepers
Michael Schepers

A 54-year-old man who apparently blamed a bank manager for his financial loses/"He was out a large sum of money and believed the bank responsible" Buena Park Police Chief Corey SianezMyung Jae Kim of Irvine had a beef with the unidentified manager from her previous employment at an unidentified Garden Grove bank.  WHO SAYS HE WAS TRYING TO ROB THE BANK?Irvinites specially Koreans (Russian Mobsters maybe) do not have a pattern of robbing banks at gunpoint and carrying Pipebombs!

Streets
Streets

Asians....the good immigrants............

Chuggle
Chuggle

....dude, are you guys crazy? BBQ his a** in a electric chair. I'll bring the marshmellows.

Adramelech Sun
Adramelech Sun

How about we give him 1 life sentence and use the other 4 life sentences and extra 40 years on some pedophiles that are back on the street in a year, gang members that have a revolving door, wife beaters and DUI drivers that never do time.   

Dross
Dross

Wait....what happened to the beef? Because during the standoff it must have gone bad.

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

I'll bet he learns his lesson by the time the first life term is used up...

Laughingpig1
Laughingpig1

Sounds like a legitimate gripe to me by the person that got his money stolen by the bank and the authority figures sort of overstepped thier bounds but I digress since they're the ones that have the weapons of mass destruction and won't listen because they'd rather fly off the the handle and use violence instead of understanding. 5 life terms and a 40 year sentence is a bit steep don'cha think. I guess they don't because there are other people out there that have died for much less so called crimes, I heard of one person that got killed for a quarter.

Jaeners22
Jaeners22

Yes this is the real story. Thank u for putting it up. Although I agree that it was wrong for him to go out and hurt anyone on purpose, I knew Mr. Kim since I was 7 years old and....he really really would never had hurt a fly. Im not sure when his money went missing but from what I remember it was years ago...he changed after that..he tried to go through lawyers and do things the right way but no one helped. He became very quiet after that...always a sad expression on his face. And then I found out this happened. I feel as though..he went to that bank with the idea that he just wanted to be heard and was not expecting to make it out of there. If one is to rob a bank...250,000? That specific an amount? Everyone in the korean business community knew about the whole shady bank happenings back in the day. I feel sorry for everyone who was in this ordeal. But lets not judge someone just by one act. How would u feel if someone took your life savings and you were left helpless....no one thinks they would do anything like this...and I bet he never thought he would do something like this either.

mitch young
mitch young

The transformation of Garden Grove from a white working class bedroom community to its diverse self of today has just opened a world of wonder. Thanks.

Peter
Peter

Speaking from your experience ? haha

Logic
Logic

there is more to the story than meets the eye. This man asks for exactly $250,000 and he is willing to die for it...did anyone ever think for a second maybe the Bank did somehow screw this guy out of his money??  I mean its not like banks never screw their customers..

peter sparks
peter sparks

Yeah no doubt, the da should have stopped at like 1 life term and like three years, just to make sure all the paper work was done. by that time it will all be digital anyway, but the three years is just for safety reasons of unknown circumstances.But hey all in all it was a good day today for me. Fuck Kim and his money. Hope the bank manager is feeling good about this asshole's demise for being so thoughtless as to bring a firearm to a bank with bombs and shit. He should watch more tv, bank robbers don't get away. They get shot and a life long supply of cock and balls.

Trashbox1
Trashbox1

Laughingpig1 - it's idiotic idealism that everyone should get a handout and no I'm not responsible for anything mentality got us in this financial trouble.  Please enlighten me: how did a bank steal Mr. Kim's money?  Did the bank point a gun at Mr. Kim's head and ask him to forkover his savings? Did the bank take his money and invest in toxic properties against his will? Did the bank declare bankruptcy and close its doors on Mr. Kim?

Answers to questions above is: NO.  So, how did the bank steal Mr. Kim's money?  Please, please, please, educate the rest of population as we are purplexed on your mornoic reasoning.

peter sparks
peter sparks

More of the story, did he check with his business attorney for advice on how to sue the bank? Probably, and was told your an idiot - so he tried to open up a can of whipass on the bank and got shot for his stupidity. The end of the story, he lost.

Jack Grimshaw
Jack Grimshaw

" ... purplexed on your mornoic reasoning." Your mornoic spelling has the same effect on the rest of us ...

Mike
Mike

How do you Know the Answer is NO to all these Terrible things the Bank may have done to him...No one has all the facts, only those involved..and God knows what exactly happened

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