Though Yong Kim, a 74-year-old restaurant owner in Ann Arbor, Michigan, still bears the bruises of a brutal attack that happened last week, he has a surprising message for the teen suspects who jumped him to steal his wallet.
Yong Kim has dark bruises on his face and body from an attack and robbery he endured last week. Kim returned to the restaurant this week, unable to stay away from the work he loves. (Image source: WXYZ-TV)
"I want to help them," Kim, who has owned Mary's Fabulous Chicken & Fish for 32 years, told WXYZ-TV. "Even though they done bad thing, they young men, they have future."
The teen suspects, 16-year-old Carmichael Chavis and 15-year-old Antonio Young, were charged as adults and as of earlier this week were being held on bond.
Surveillance video after the August 26 attack showed Kim bloody and walking into a store nearby for help.
"I couldn't see nothing, just hitting," he told the news station and wondered why they didn't just demand his money. "If you ask money, I just give them, OK. Money not that much important, you know."
According to the Ann Arbor News, police believe the teens used an "item" to hit Kim. In addition to extensive bruising, much of which still remains purple while some areas are beginning to yellow, and cuts on his head, Kim's dentures and glasses were broken.
In a separate article, Kim told the Ann Arbor News that the teens were customers that he knew.
"I asked them to cut my lawn," he said. "They always come in here."
From now on, Kim told the newspaper he would not leave through the back door at night.
Watch WXYZ-TV's report about the incident and Kim's current outlook:
Overall, Kim maintains a positive attitude and said he would not be closing up the restaurant because of this incident.
"Just a couple people are bad," he told the Ann Arbor News. "All people are good. A lot of people, they try to help people...There are still a lot of good people."
A GoFundMe site was established to help Kim with recovery funds and has raised more than $5,000, far more than its initial $1,500 goal.