$1,000 re­ward of­fered in home in­va­sion case

Po­lice look­ing for trio of sus­pects

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Tyler Smith

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.

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