Korean American Landlord Charged with Double Murder of Tenants
Y. Peter Kang
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Posted: January 2nd, 2013
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A 74-year-old man from Maine shot and killed a teenage couple and wounded another, police said, following a dispute over parking, according to news reports.

James Pak of Biddeford informed his victims he was going to shoot them and proceeded to do so, according to a police affidavit. Derrick Thompson, 19, and his girlfriend Alivia Welch, 18, were found dead at the scene while Thompson’s mother Susan Johnson, 44, survived after being shot twice, according to the Associated Press.

Biddeford police had been at Pak’s home minutes before the shootings. Thompson had called them to report that Pak was yelling and threatening him and banging on his door. Pak was arguing with his tenants about late rent, shoveling snow and cars in the driveway, Maine State Police Det. Corey Pike wrote in the affidavit.

Police left after Thompson told the officers he didn’t fear Pak, only to have Johnson call 911 three minutes later reporting the shootings.

Following his arrest at about 10 p.m. Saturday, Pak told detectives he thought he had killed three people.

Pak surrendered to police after a three-hour standoff and was subdued with a Taser, according to the Rutland Herald. The affidavit states that Pak smelled of alcohol and told police he was suicidal.

Pak appeared in court on Monday and is being charged with two counts of murder, according to the Rutland Herald. He did not yet enter a plea. If convicted, he could face up 25 years to life in prison.

Pak is listed as the owner of Korean Yankee Landscape in Biddeford. According to the company website, Pak came to the United States as a Korean War orphan and grew up in Vermont, where he had another landscaping business which he sold in 2006 before moving to Maine.

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