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. The Associated Press reports the incident occured during a screening of "Titanic" in 3-D. 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, according to charging documents. Kim was arrested and later gave a lengthy statement to police. The detective noted Kim claimed he didn’t know the boy was so young until police informed him. “When (the arresting officer) asked Yong (Kim) if he was aware that the person he struck was 10 years old … Yong hung his head down and said he thought the person was a grown man,” the detective told the court.
source: Seattle Post Intelligencer
Moviegoer Slaps Noisy 10-year-old Boy Who Wouldn't Quiet Down
Yong Hyun Kim, 21, of Seattle is facing second-degree assault charges after he slapped a 10-year-old kid at a movie theatre in April, knocked out one of the boy’s teeth, after the child and several of of his friends youths refused to quiet down and stop throwing popcorn. While violence is not the answer and Yong would be better served had he reported the rowdy boys to theater management, this kid had it coming. Just sayin'.