Bank Robber Shot, Hostage Uninjured After 4-Hour StandOff In Buena Park

BUENA PARK (CBS) — A armed robbery suspect was shot and wounded by an Orange County SWAT team Thursday following a four-hour hostage standoff with police, officials said.

An unidentified armed suspect was shot just after 3 p.m., according to Buena Park police Cpl. Andy Loung.

The standoff began when authorities received a call about a bank robbery in progress inside Saehan Bank in the 4500 block of Beach Boulevard around 11:06 a.m., Buena Park police said.

Police say a man with an unspecified firearm entered the bank and asked for the bank branch manager.

Customers and other bank employees who were inside the bank when the gunman entered were allowed to leave, Loung said. Police were unable to make contact with the suspect for several hours until they made entry, shot him and took him into custody around 3 p.m., Loung said.

The condition of the suspect was not released, but he was treated on scene. Authorities say the female hostage is safe and uninjured.

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  • Darin

    The robber is not a smart person!!

    • justice

      Bracn Manager Michelle Kwon is a Thief! She told him to put $240,000 in cash in a safety box instead of his own checking account back in 2008 when she was working at the different bank. She then stole his entire money and told him that the bank is not responsbile for the loss. She should be incarcerated for LIFE!!! It;s just not fair that the man is in the media as a just another bank robber. He is the VICTIM here.

      • cindy

        Wow I knew there had to be a reason. Mr Kim is a customer of ours and is one of the niceness person you could meet. Always polite and respectfull. I agree he is the victim here.

  • Jimmy

    Because he wasn’t a bank robber.


    You don’t have to be a smart person to be a bank robber.. :D

  • FidelityBraveryIntegrity

    He love jail long time!

  • m

    not able to access facebook so writing here

    bank president is responsible, when she president worked in Garden Grove branch
    customer’s big money(a few thousand hundreds dollars ) in safety box disappeared
    the gunman has business in Garden Grove.
    bank is responsible for customer’s money which was banished in safety box,

  • steve

    the korean newspaper reported last night that the suspect believes that the bank manager had something to do with his losing some $240000 from a safety deposit box at the bank where the hostage had previously worked. For the past several years, the paper continues, the suspect has been trying desperately to get his money back. makes sense since he was robbing a bank for 250000 and not 1 million or more. high likelihood he just wanted his money back. doesn’t justify his actions in the least, but it is certainly an interesting and unfortunate twist in the story if true.

  • Amy

    Like Steve said, Korean newspapers are reporting this in greater detail. The gist of the history between the suspect and the hostage is this- suspect had 250K in his safety deposit box at hanmi bank. This money disappears into thin air one day. Suspect believes that someone at the bank stole his money. The hostage was the bank manager at that time. Suspect and Hanmi bank get into a dispute for several years. Bank decides they followed procedure and that they did nothing wrong. Suspect goes to Saehan bank where the hostage is currently working and demands that she(hostage) find out who stole his money and that she sees to it that his money is returned to him.

    I don’t condone what he did but I can’t help feeling bad for the suspect. He may have felt like he was brushed off by the bank and maybe everyone thought that his claims were just nonsense. It seems to me that all he wanted was to be heard and to get his money back. He may have been a crazy guy, I don’t know, but as far as i can tell from reading the newspapers, he appears to be a decent guy who was making an honest living… What he did was wrong but I feel sad because I can sense how desperate he was.

    • cindy

      He was a hard working honest man..I know him and this shocked me. Very sad for him. He must have been jerked around by this bank and manager to do something this desperate. I hope he lives to share his side of the story.

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