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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Media Relations

Two Suspects Arrested in Murder of Liquor Store Owner

 

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Newton Homicide detectives arrested two men yesterday, April 26, 2005, in connection with the robbery-murder of Sang Yum Kim at the Kimbo Liquor Store.

The arrests were made after a tip to police led them to Larry Stewart, 45, and Amfryan Swasey, 57, both residents of Los Angeles. A search warrant at one suspect's residence resulted in the seizure of evidence that tied the suspect to the victim. Both suspects were booked for murder.

Police officers answering a radio call on April 24, 2005, had found the victim in his store at 1:30 p.m. He had been working alone. While it was initially reported that the victim had been shot, the coroner's autopsy showed the victim had died from blunt force trauma over his body. The victim sustained no gunshot wounds. The victim's gray Dodge van was stolen from the liquor store and found the next day by police in South Los Angeles.

Anyone with information is asked to call Newton Homicide Detectives at 323-846-6556. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).

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