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Felon who took cameraman hostage to go to trial for auto theft

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 7:54 a.m. HST, Oct 8, 2013

The 48-year-old felon, who was arrested 21 years ago for taking a television cameraman hostage, will be tried in December for allegedly trying to steal a car.

Ulysses Kim on Monday entered a plea of not guilty to charges of first-degree car theft and first- and second-degree terroristic threatening. His new criminal trial will begin the week of Dec. 9 in Circuit Court.

Kim is being held at the Oahu Community Correctional Center, unable to post $50,000 bail.

Police said Kim on Sept. 23 entered the car of a 58-year-old man in Waipahu and tried to steal it.

The man confronted the suspect, who then tried to flee, but the man held on to him until police arrived.

Kim received $199,000 in 1999 in a court settlement for his mistreatment while in Halawa Correctional Facility.

In August 1992, Kim -- armed with a sawed-off shotgun -- was a parole violator being sought by police when he took KGMB-TV cameraman Peter O'Callaghan hostage. He was sentenced Kim to prison for up to 20 years, but was eligible for parole after 12 years.

Kim was arrested again in 2007 for failing a drug test while on parole.

Last year Kim was arrested and convicted of misdemeanor car theft and served 30 days in jail.

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