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Six arrested in Diamond Bar home invasion robbery

February 4, 2011 |  9:16 am

Five men were in custody Friday and one was out on bail in connection with a Diamond Bar home invasion in which masked assailants tied up a couple and zapped the man with a Taser numerous times before fleeing with jewlery.

The assailants fled the November robbery scene because the female victim was able to escape and alert authorities.

“While the suspects were burglarizing the home, the female victim was able to free herself during this traumatic ordeal," said L.A. County Sheriff's Sgt. Steve Kim of the Asian gang team. "She escaped by jumping off the second-floor balcony of the home, then climbing over a wall into her neighbor’s house, where she called for help."

Detectives had little to go on in the case but learned one of the suspects was a black man who spoke Korean very well, Kim said.

Then last month, investigators learned of a monthlong FBI undercover sting with Las Vegas Metro Police that netted five members of a Korean organized crime group from Los Angeles.

The suspects were allegedly preparing to rob what they believed was a drug stash house in Las Vegas.

When they were interviewed by Asian gang team detectives in Las Vegas, three of the five suspects allegedly implicated themselves in the Diamond Bar home invasion robbery.

They included David Chon, 28, James Han, 28, and Rene Hypolite, 26, who investigators say has African American and Korean parents and speaks fluent Korean.

Investigators also identified three other suspects in the robbery: one who drove the getaway car and two who masterminded the home invasion. The alleged driver, Andrew Kim, 26, of Los Angeles, was arrested Jan. 24 at his home in Los Angeles.

Two days later, detectives captured Young Woo Kim, 39. of Los Angeles in the parking lot of an L.A. business. They arrested Kyung Hwan Choi, 38, of Los Angeles on Thursday when he surrendered to sheriff's investigators at the L.A. County courthouse in Pomona.

Choi and Young Woo Kim are believed to have masterminded the robbery, including providing the victims' address to the other suspects.

Chon, Han and Hypolite remained in custody Friday in Las Vegas. Andrew Kim was released on bail, and Young Woo Kim and Choi were in custody in Los Angeles in lieu of $2 million bail each.

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