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CBP Catches LAPD Most Wanted Fugitive at LAX

Release Date: 
December 16, 2011

Los Angeles -U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), apprehended Richard James Kim planeside as he arrived from Korea yesterday.

CBP officers' search of law enforcement databases found that Kim, a 33-year-old U.S. citizen, had an arrest warrant for attempted murder by Los Angles Police Department. CBP officers confirmed the warrant and he was placed under arrest and turned over to LAPD.

LAPD's most wanted list describes the suspect as armed and dangerous. He has been wanted for the past 12 years (since he was age 21). Kim and two juvenile accomplices (both in custody) engaged in a verbal argument with two male victims over gang affiliation. Allegedly, the suspect shot the victims with an unknown type .38 caliber handgun.

"CBP officers are to be commended for their superior vigilance and steadfastness in protecting our nation's borders," said Todd C. Owen, CBP director of field operations in Los Angeles. "This is only one of the hundred of fugitives, criminals and pedophiles intercepted and apprehended at LAX every year."

During fiscal year 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Los Angeles apprehended a total of 499 suspects ranging from murderers, child molesters, drug traffickers to larceners.

The subject is featured on LAPD's Most Wanted Fugitive list web link.
(LAPD Most Wanted)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021