[Seattle PI] An Auburn man accused of smacking a loud 10-year-old at a Kent movie theater could face months in jail if convicted of the felony assault charge now filed against him. King County prosecutors contend 21-year-old Yong Hyun Kim knocked out one of the boy’s teeth after the child and several other youths refused to quiet down and stop throwing popcorn in April. According to charging documents, Kim admitted to hitting the boy and appeared ashamed when confronted by police with the boy’s age. Kim allegedly said he thought the boy was an adult when he slapped him in the face. At 10:40 p.m. on April 11, Kent police were called to the AMC Theater at 426 Ramsay Way following a complaint that a man had attacked a child there. Officers arrived to find to find the 10-year-old, his mother and several friends in the theater lobby. The boy was bleeding from the nose and missing a tooth. The boy told police he wasn’t sure why Kim struck him. He said he was seated in the theater when a man with “long hair and … 3D glasses” stepped over a row of seats and confronted him. According to the boy’s account, Kim said something to the effect of, “You know what, I paid a lot of money to see this movie” and punched him in the face. For his part, Kim said the boy and others were talking loudly during the movie and throwing popcorn, some of which landed on him and his girlfriend, a Kent detective told the court. Kim told police he confronted the group about their behavior, to no avail, the detective continued. “The group laughed at him and did not quiet down,” the detective said in court documents. “Yong (Kim) said he hit one of the subjects in the face with an open hand.” “I got so mad that it just happened,” Kim told police.
Jesus Christ, Kim. I’d love to take your side on this but, come on. 10? You pimp-slapped a 10 year-old you thought was an adult & knocked his fucking tooth out? Who was this kid, Greg Oden? Listen, you don’t have to tell me kids are looking older and older these days. I know it. Anyone busted by Chris Hansen knows it. But there’s a line, bro. I can understand if you screw up and bang a 15 year-old chick. I’m not condoning it, just saying I can understand. Call me what you will, but the fact of the matter is the 10th grade female cup-size average has skyrocketed in the past 10 years. The naked eye realization of jail bait & barely legal is quite a challenge. Same with dudes. Why do you think every broad running a classroom has at least one student laying the pipe to her? So I could also understand knuckling up with a high school sophomore unsuspectingly. That’s not the issue here though. We’re talking about a 5th grader. Elementary school. Kid just broke his double-digit birthday hymen. You don’t mistake a 10 year-old for an adult regardless of how dark the room is or how awkward your 3D glasses make your vision. So just own it. You cracked an annoying kid. Whatever. A bunch of snot-nosed brats laughing in your grill mix hiding behind their supposed untouchableness just got their bullshit protective bubble popped. Good for you. Hopefully he found the tooth you knocked out & can at least recoup a little dough from the tooth fairy. Just don’t expect me to believe your first move in a fight against another adult male is an open-handed slap. Anyone who knows anything knows that shit’s reserved for bitches and kids.