A homeless man is in custody after killing a teenager in a dispute over computer terminals at an Internet cafe in New York City. NBC New York reports 51-year-old Paul Kim was arrested Wednesday night for the murder of Yangpu Fan, 19, at K&D Internet Cafe in Flushing, Queens. Fan and his friends allegedly attacked Kim because they wanted his seat so they could play the multi-player game League Of Legends.
Kim is a regular at K&D, which describes itself as “New York's most fun internet cafe” on its Facebook page. “He’s very polite. He always smiles when he buys something,” store manager Paul Chen told the New York Post. He is known to sit at the corner terminal, guzzling energy drinks and playing video games around the clock. He likes the corner terminal, because it allows him to securely stash his bags of belongings.
On Wednesday night a group of teenagers came in and asked Kim to slide over from his computer terminal so they could all sit together and play the fantasy battle arena game League Of Legends. After refusing to give up his seat, even though his monitor was apparently off, the teens attacked him, punching him in the face. Kim allegedly brandished a hammer at the boys, screaming “You’re going to die!” at them, before they ran off.
The teens returned a half hour later with their friend, 19-year-old Yangpu Fan. Again, they asked Kim to give up his seat, which he refused, and then attacked him a second time, kicking and punching him and throwing him over a computer terminal. In the confusion of the melee, Kim pulled out a small knife and plunged it into Fan’s stomach, according to police.
Fan’s friends rushed him to a nearby hospital where he later died from his wound. When police arrived at K&D Internet Cafe they found Kim sitting at the same terminal he had fought to protect, playing a video game. They arrested him and charged him with manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon.
“I don’t know why they would argue about a seat,” cafe manager Paul Chen told the Daily News. “I feel so sorry about it.”