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article imageMan punches noisy 10-year-old boy at movie theater

By Owen Weldon     May 23, 2012 in Crime
A Washington State man stepped over his seat and then punched a 10-year-old boy at a movie theater straight in the face. The 21-year-old man alleges the boy and his companions wouldn't stop throwing food at his head.
Yong Hyun Kim, 21, told police that he thought the person he struck in the face was a full-grown man. Kim also told police that he asked the people behind him to quiet down a bit and to stop throwing popcorn at him. Kim said that the group just ended up laughing at him.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, Kim told police who arrested him back on April 11 that he got so mad and that is when it just happened.
Kim was arrested at the AMC Kent Station 14 and spent the night in the Kent City jail. He then appeared in King District Court on April 12, according to CBS. Kim was released, according to Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for the county prosecutor.
The 10-year-old boy was injured during the confrontation. He ended up getting a bloody nose and he also lost a tooth.
According to International Business Times, police say that the allegedly noisy kid, who they refer to as KJJ, said that he was sitting inside the theater with three of his friends. He said that they were talking and watching the movie and that is when Kim told the group to be quiet. KJJ said that once they quieted down, he whispered something to a friend and that is when Kim stepped over his seat, threw a drink at the boys and then landed a punch on KJJ's face.
A manager said that AMC cares about the experiences guests have at their theaters and that people should respect other moviegoers at their theaters. The manager also said that people should report any disturbance that they see, that way AMC staff can handle the situation directly.
A spokesman for AMC said that no one came forward and complained about the 10-year-old boy's behavior before he was punched.
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