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Buena Park bank manager held hostage speaks out

March 6, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
It was an emotional Tuesday morning for Saehan Bank manager Michelle Kwon, who for the first time shed light on the suspect who held her hostage last Thursday, her relationship to him and his possible motive.

Kwon broke down while recounting the four hours she was held hostage. She and the suspect, Myung Jae Kim, were coworkers nearly 10 years ago, but Kwon said they had no personal relationship outside of work.

Kim apparently had a grudge against Kwon. He believed someone had taken money from a safety deposit box that Kim previously managed in Garden Grove.

"He said, 'Find someone who took money,'" Kwon said. "And we did an internal audit, and we explained to him that we looked through all the bank employees' accounts and nothing was found."

Kwon said that Kim kept his loaded shotgun pointed at her the entire time, and he told her that he just wanted his money and that he was suicidal.

Toward the end of the ordeal, Kwon said she recalled hearing two gunshots, and suddenly SWAT officers were pulling her out of the bank.

Kwon was not injured, but three SWAT officers were. Kim remained in critical condition Tuesday at UCI Medical Center.