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Police release photo of suspect in Sand Island attempted murder

  • COURTESY CRIMESTOPPERS
                                Police are looking for Theodore Kim, 59, in an attempted murder investigation.

    COURTESY CRIMESTOPPERS

    Police are looking for Theodore Kim, 59, in an attempted murder investigation.

The 59-year-old man who allegedly fired a shotgun at his ex-girlfriend Sunday afternoon at Sand Island Access Road has a history of domestic violence and a long conviction record.

An ex-girlfriend of the suspect, Theodore Kim, filed a temporary restraining order on Sept. 24, five days before the shooting. A hearing is scheduled for Monday. It is unclear whether it is the same woman who was being shot at on Sunday.

Honolulu police and CrimeStoppers are asking for help in tracking down Kim, who allegedly fired three shots from a shotgun at his ex-girlfriend at Sand Island Access Road.

In a 2013 case, a court document describes the extreme violence Kim inflicted upon the same ex-girlfriend who asked the court on Sept. 24 for a TRO.

The document describes the terrifying moments on Aug. 4, 2013. The woman got into a car with him to go to a nearby restaurant when he started driving in the opposite direction. She opened the door, holding it open with her leg, while screaming at him to let her out. The police affidavit says Kim continued to drive while grabbing her leg and shutting the passenger door. The woman said Kim then pulled out a 6-inch knife from under his seat and threatened to kill her.

He accused the woman of “messing around and Kim began to continuously punch (the woman) in the face and body,” drove her to a secluded area in Wahiawa, stopped the car and hit her continuously on the head and face with a bamboo stick, asking her who she was fooling around with.

After she told him she loved him and wasn’t fooling around, Kim stopped hitting her. She fell asleep in the car and awoke the next day in Punaluu and escaped. The woman had a three-year protective order against him at the time, and Kim had two protective orders against him prior to that.

On June 23, 2014, he was convicted for the August 2013 incident of first-degree terroristic threatening, felony abuse of a family or household member, second-degree assault and felony drug charges.

As recently as Dec. 29, 2017, Kim allegedly physically abused the same ex-girlfriend who applied on Sept. 24 for the TRO, and damaged her property.

Kim has a total of 30 prior convictions, including misdemeanor abuse of a family or household member on Jan. 30, 2013 and Oct. 8, 2007.

Kim is 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighs 180 pounds, police said.

He is wanted for investigation of first-degree attempted murder.

CrimeStoppers said Kim allegedly approached the woman around 1:45 p.m. Sunday as she crossed Sand Island Access Road toward a bus stop.

He allegedly fired three shotgun blasts while the woman fled. No injuries were reported.

He then drove away in a gray 1988 Ford Ranger pickup truck with license plate GTU-725. The truck had a gray camper.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300. Anonymous web tips can be sent to www.honolulucrimestoppers.org or through the P3 Tips App.

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