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Korean National Killed in Robbery Attempt; Two Suspects Arrested After Shootout with Police


In a harrowing incident in Maria Luisa Subdivision, Barangay Banilad, Cebu City, a Korean national lost his life, and two others were apprehended following a violent confrontation with law enforcement officials. Here are the details of the incident according to the report of Sunstar Philippines.

The Incident

On the evening of April 2, 2024, at approximately 9:30 p.m., a group of individuals, including 47-year-old Sun Yong Choi from South Korea, allegedly perpetrated a robbery targeting a 43-year-old Korean businesswoman residing in Maria Luisa Subdivision. The woman was accompanied by two Filipina housemaids during the incident.

Upon receiving a distress call from the victims, neighbors promptly notified the Mabolo Police Station. Law enforcement operatives, along with the Regional Intelligence Unit, swiftly responded to the scene. Upon arrival, the police ordered the suspects to surrender peacefully.

Shootout and Casualties

Instead of complying with the authorities’ instructions, the suspects initiated a firefight, resulting in a tense exchange of gunfire between the perpetrators and law enforcement personnel. Tragically, Sun Yong Choi, succumbing to injuries sustained during the shootout, while police apprehended two other suspects, identified as Yong Hee Kim, 45, and Jun Hee Kim, 49.

A police staff sergeant sustained multiple gunshot wounds during the confrontation and was subsequently rushed to a nearby hospital. Reports indicate that the wounded officer, undergoing medical treatment, is in critical condition due to injuries sustained during the encounter.

Following the shootout, authorities seized significant evidence, including P200,000 in cash, three firearms, and two Patek Philippe watches, along with pieces of jewelry valued at P25 million. Authorities believe that the recovered items constitute part of the loot from the attempted robbery.

Investigation and Legal Proceedings

Law enforcement officials are conducting a thorough investigation into the backgrounds of the apprehended suspects to ascertain their motives and affiliations. Police are preparing charges for robbery and frustrated homicide against Yong Hee Kim and Jun Hee Kim, who are currently in custody.

In the aftermath of the incident, a representative from the Korean embassy visited the Mabolo Police Station. However, the embassy official declined to provide comments on the matter, while the detained suspects opted to remain silent during police interrogation.

The fatal encounter underscores the risks associated with criminal activities and the critical role of law enforcement agencies in maintaining public safety and security. The swift response of the police highlights their dedication to upholding the rule of law and apprehending perpetrators of violent crimes.

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