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This week in Phoenix, a man who tricked an 85-year-old doctor into letting him inside her home, then robbed, struck, and tied her to a chair, pleaded guilty to the crime: Man Pleads Guilty To Home Invasion. The victim in the case, Dr. Pearl Tang, is the widow of Ninth Circuit Judge Thomas Tang. She was also the first Asian American woman to practice medicine in Arizona. Robert Medeiros faces 14 years in prison when he is sentenced next month... and he deserves every minute of it.

Police have issues an arrest warrant for Youn Bum Lee, a Hyundai executive who left for (= ran away to) Korea after a motorcyclist hit his disabled SUV and was killed nearly a year and a half ago: O.C. freeway fatality an international case. Orange County prosecutors last month charged Lee in absentia with three felonies in the death of the motorcyclist: gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated; driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs with injury; and hit-and-run with injury or death.

Last week in Los Angeles, two men were shot and killed last week at a popular Koreatown barbecue restaurant in what police describe as a murder suicide: Man kills Koreatown restaurateur in his eatery, then shoots himself. The victims were identified as Sae-Kyoon Na and Hyo-Jin Lim, the owner of Suhrabal Restaurant. I have eaten at this restaurant before and enjoyed the food there. According to police, the killings were the result of a "domestic triangle" involving the gunman, his victim and the gunman's wife: Domestic triangle suspected in Koreatown killings. I hope this does not affect the quality of this establishment's food.

And in Denver... 43-year-old Chih Hsien Wu was arrested in connection with the theft of more than 1,300 women's undergarments over an eight-month period: Man Accused Of Stealing 1,300 Women's Undergarments. Police say Wu stole women's underwear from apartment complex common laundry rooms. They must have found a gigantic pile of underwear at this guy's house. Moral of the story: do not leave your laundry unattended—underwear thieves are lurking.

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