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Defendant faces life in hostage case

March 10, 2012

A 54-year-old Irvine man faces five life terms, plus 40 years in prison, for allegedly taking a hostage and shooting at SWAT officers during a March 1 bank robbery, authorities said.

Myung Jae Kim is charged with 12 felonies, including attempted murder, assault with a firearm on a peace officer, possession of a destructible device in a public place and explosion of a destructible device stemming from his alleged involvement in a Buena Park bank robbery, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

Kim is being held without bail at a hospital and has no scheduled court hearings.

— Lauren Williams

Twitter: @lawilliams30

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