A man who was on the Los Angeles Police Department’s most wanted list for 12 years was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers as he arrived from Korea at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Dec. 15, authorities said.
Richard James Kim, 33, a United States citizen who had an arrest warrant for attempted murder by the Los Angles Police Department (LAPD), was apprehended near a plane when it arrived at the airport, CBP spokesman Jaime Ruiz said. After CBP officers confirmed the warrant, Kim was placed under arrest and turned over to LAPD, Ruiz said.
Kim was wanted in connection with a gang related shooting that occurred 12 years ago when he was 21, police said. The suspect and two juvenile accomplices allegedly engaged in an argument with two male victims over gang affiliation and the suspect allegedly shot the victims with an unknown type .38 caliber handgun, police said.
The alleged accomplices had since been taken into custody. LAPD’s most wanted list described Kim as armed and dangerous.
“CBP officers are to be commended for their superior vigilance and steadfastness in protecting our nation’s borders,” Todd C. Owen, CBP director of field operations in Los Angeles, said of the arrest. “This is only one of the hundred of fugitives, criminals and pedophiles intercepted and apprehended at LAX every year.”
During fiscal year 2011, CBP in Los Angeles apprehended a total of 499 suspects wanted for crimes such as murder, child molestation, drug trafficking and larceny, Ruiz said.