$1,000 reward offered in home invasion case
Police looking for trio of suspects
A $1,000 reward is offered for any information leading to an arrest in the brutal home invasion which occurred last month.
The reward was raised by a few local business owners who wish to remain anonymous, said Newton County Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Watterson.
The anonymous owners released a statement explaining their motives for the reward.
“I have known the Kim family for many years and
know them to be an honest and extremely hard working family. It saddens me to see crimes like this in our community and it is ridiculous that anybody, but especially hard working people like the Kims, have to be worried about something like this happening to them.”
On July 15 the Kim family was beaten with guns and then restrained while the invaders searched the house on Concord Court. Watterson described the crime as a “very rare” true home invasion in Newton County.
The daughter, Gina Kim, and her mother, Myong Kim, were watching television in the living room around midnight when three black males reportedly kicked in the back door. Two of the men reportedly carried a handgun. They were all dressed in black and wore black bandanas to cover their faces, Watterson said.
The men shoved Gina and Myong to the floor. The father, Se Yong, had been getting ready for bed when the incident started. He was dragged into the living room and pushed to the ground. As they pushed the 72-year-old man down, one of the robbers reportedly pistol- whipped Se Young Kim in the side of the head.
Their hands were taped together and their mouths were taped shut.
Gina Kim said the intruders ransacked the house for approximately 45 minutes while her father lay in a pool of his own blood.
The daughter was not sure what had been stolen, but said the men at least took cash and some household items before exiting out the back door.
After the men were gone, Gina Kim was able to free herself and call 911. Once NCSO deputies arrived, EMS was called and the father was transported to Newton Medical Center.
Watterson said evidence was found inside and around the house, but for investigation purposes, that information is not currently being released.
Investigators are looking for the three suspects, who rang in height between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall. All three men were described as slender.
If you have information about, please call Watterson at (678) 625-1446 or the NCSO at (678) 625-1403. Tips may also be given anonymously at (678) 625-5007 or on their Web site www.newtonsheriffga.org.