Young Lee, Pinkberry founder, was arrested on Wednesday at Los Angeles airport on a warrant for beating a homeless man in Los Angeles last summer. According to Yahoo news, Lee, along with another person, chased down a homeless man who approached is car in June 15 last year and attacked him with a tire iron, hospitalizing the beggar.
Witnesses reported the attack to police, giving them a vehicle description and the license plate of the Range Rover that was rented in Lee's name. When police found the car, they seized the tire iron. Lee was also identified by witnesses from a photo display.
According to Yahoo news, the LAPD was alerted that Lee was coming into the country on Wednesday on a flight from Korea. The Fugitive Warrant Task Force met the Pinkberry founder at the airport, and arrested him. He is still in custody on $60,000 bail.
This case is emblematic of how the homeless are among the most vulnerable in our society, Lt. Paul Vernon said in a statement. Despite the challenges in the case, the detectives never gave up and eventually found the victim after leads took them to Skidrow and the local jail.
Pinkberry serves low-fat frozen yogurt, and was founded in 2005 in Los Angeles by Young Lee and Hyekyung Shelly Hwang. It is now a worldwide chain.
Lee is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 6.