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Owner put naked yogurt-store employee inside box, D.A. says

August 26, 2011 |  5:54 pm

 Lee A Monterey Park yogurt shop owner is facing kidnapping and attempted murder charges for abducting a female employee and keeping her inside a box in a soundproof room, prosecutors said Friday.

Robert Yachen Lee alleged lured the employee to a storage room above O My Yogurt on south Atlantic Boulevard early Wednesday, knocked her unconscious and then -- after removing her clothing and dressing her in an adult diaper -- placed her in a box, authorities said.

The victim told authorities that when she came to, she was bound with tape and had a collar around her neck.

Prosecutors believe Lee planned the kidnapping, because the storage room had recently been soundproofed.

The woman was able to free herself and escape to a nearby optometrist's office, where she alerted police.

Lee appeared briefly in Alhambra Superior Court on Friday afternoon. Bail was set at $10 million.


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Image: Map shows the location of O My Yogurt in Monterey Park. Source: Google Maps; Photo: Monterey Park Police Department.