MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDERS IN HOSTAGE TAKING STANDOFF WITH POLICE AT A BUENA PARK BANK


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
Case # TBA






March 6, 2012

Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
Office: 714-347-8408
Cell: 714-292-2718

Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486

MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDERS IN HOSTAGE TAKING STANDOFF WITH POLICE AT A BUENA PARK BANK

 

SANTA ANA – A man was charged yesterday with committing a Buena Park bank robbery, taking a hostage during a standoff with police, and shooting at Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) officers. Myung Jae Kim, 54, Irvine, is charged 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, with sentencing enhancements for no probation, the personal discharge of a firearm and the personal use of a firearm. If convicted on all charges, Kim faces a maximum sentence of five life terms and 40 years in state prison. Kim is currently being held without bail at a hospital and his arraignment date and time will be determined at a later date. 

 

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) is investigating the officer involved shooting incident at this location involving this defendant. At the end of the investigation, the OCDA will release a full factual detailed report regarding this incident. It is the policy of the OCDA office to not release further details at this time.

 

The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone who has more information surrounding this case is encouraged to contact Paul Kelly at (714) 347-8818.


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