California Men Arraigned on Home Invasion Robbery Charges
Las Vegas, Nev. – Five Los Angeles area men charged with federal conspiracy, robbery, extortion, and drug trafficking charges, entered not guilty pleas before a federal magistrate judge today and were detained pending trial, announced Daniel G. Bogden, U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada.
James Arum Han, 28, Rene Antwan Hypolite, 26, David Chon, 28, Howard Suh, 25, and Kyung Hoon Han, 34, were arraigned by U.S. Magistrate Judge George W. Foley, Jr. The men are charged in an indictment filed on February 1, 2011, with conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of racketeering, and interstate travel in aid of racketeering activity. If convicted, they face up to life imprisonment.
The indictment alleges that in December 2010, defendant James Arum Han met with two individuals at a Las Vegas hotel and casino, and told them that he had several crews who could commit home invasion robberies in Las Vegas. On January 14, 2011, Han traveled from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and met with an FBI undercover employee and another individual, and told them that he had done over 100 home invasion robberies and wanted to do more of them. Han also said that he would "run the show" and would take 50 percent of whatever was taken during the robberies. One week later, on January 21, 2011, all four defendants traveled from California to Las Vegas. The next day, James Arum Han met with the undercover employee who told Han that the job was the robbery of a drug stash house containing 30 kilograms of cocaine. Han advised that he wanted to do the robbery. On the afternoon of January 22, 2011, Han described the plan to the other defendants. Defendants Hypolite and Chon acknowledged that their role was to rush in and tie up the occupants of the house; defendant Suh acknowledged that his role was to be a "sweeper, and defendants James Arum Han and Kyung Hoon Han acknowledged their role was to be the "point and watch out" men. The defendants were arrested in Las Vegas on January 22, 2011.
The case is being investigated by the FBI and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Eric Johnson.