(March 26, 2003) -- Tenacious work by LBPD homicide detectives has resulted in murder charges being filed against a suspect in the October, 2000 slaying of a NLB convenience store owner.
LBPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Paul LeBaron tells LBReport.com that a suspect is now in custody in the slaying of Mr. Yeong Kim, killed in the business he owned in the area of South St. and Lewis Ave.
LBPD Detectives refused to give up on the case, working it for over two years. In March, it was assigned to Detectives Mark Maguire and Stephen Jones. Their investigations included traveling to Texas and Mississippi. Their investigation linked a suspect, Nakia Rouise, to the murder.
LBPD presented the case to the L.A. County District Attorney and a murder warrant was issued. The suspect was located in the L.A. County jail on another charge. He has been informed he will now be facing charges in the murder of Mr. Kim.
LBPD adds that investigation of the murder is still ongoing.
However, one of LBPD's veteran Detectives who cracked the case will not be doing further work on it.
LBPD Homicide Detective Stephen Jones retired the week that Mr. Kim's alleged killer was arrested.