Paul Kim, a homeless man frequenting an internet cafe in Queens, New York, fatally stabbed a teenager to death after a scuffle ensued over computer usage. Kim claims the murder was committed in self-defense and is now apologizing for the crime.
According to The New York Post, Kim refused to move from his seat after a group of teenagers came in and wanted to play League of Legends. Kim is homeless and had most of his belongings stored at a nearby station.
Kim says the teens began attacking him. “They were punching me with brass knuckles,” Kim said. “They were going to punch me until I die. I would either end up in the hospital or die. I knew they weren’t going to stop." Kim did not know until later that he had killed one of his assailants.
“I am not a psychopath. It never entered my mind to kill people,” he said. “I don’t even want to hurt someone’s feelings."
“I feel sad about what happened. I’m a human being,” Kim added.
“It’s really sad that someone had to die over a seat,” Paul Chen, a manager at the internet cafe, said. “Those guys shouldn’t have ganged up on him, but he shouldn’t have stabbed one of them, either.”
“The knife was very small, and nobody noticed he stabbed him,” added Chen. “There were 40 or 50 customers and nobody noticed ... [Kim] just sat at the computer and stayed there, playing a game on the Internet, until the police came."
Kim claims to be an honorably discharged Army veteren who uses the internet cafe to look for work. After his arraignment on Monday, Kim's lawyers found him temporary housing at a Veterans Affairs office in Queens.
[Photo: Wikimedia Commons]
Crime Time is your destination for true crime stories from around the world, breaking crime news, and information about Oxygen's original true crime shows and documentaries. Sign up for our Crime Time Newsletter and subscribe to our true crime podcast Martinis & Murder for all the best true crime content.