LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A co-founder of the popular Pinkberry frozen yogurt chain has been convicted of assault with a deadly weapon.

Young Lee, 49, struck a transient with a tire iron on the Vermont Avenue off-ramp of the 101 Freeway on June 15, 2011.

Lee, who had been free on bail, was taken into custody after the verdict was read Friday.

Jurors also found true the allegation that Lee caused the victim, Donald Bolding, great bodily injury.

During the trial, the prosecution said Lee and a companion got out of a car he was driving and confronted Bolding, who was panhandling, because Lee thought the transient had disrespected his wife by showing a sexually explicit tattoo.

Lee and his ex-wife, Shelly Hwang, founded Pinkberry in 2005, but he is no longer involved in the company.

Lee is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 14.

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