Should He Go To Jail? Man Punches Noisy Kid in Movie Theater

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/ May 23, 2012

Things went sour during a recent showing of Titanic at Washington movie theater.

Police reports indicate that a 21-year-old-man, Yong Hyun Kim, struck a 10-year-old boy in the face after a confrontation ensued. Apparently, Kim and his girlfriend were trying to enjoy the 3-D movie when the young boy and his friends became disruptive.

“At one point Yong stepped over the seats and confronted the subjects behind him,” the police report says. “Yong said he was talking to the subjects when they started laughing at him. Yong said he became so angry and swung his arm at one of the subjects and hit him in the face.”

Kim claims the kids were throwing popcorn at him and his girlfriend, running around the aisles and hitting their seats.

“I got so mad that it just happened,” Yong Hyun Kim, 21, told police who arrested him the night of April 11 at the AMC Kent Station 14, in Kent,Wash., a south Seattle suburb.

The 10-year-old lost a tooth and had a bloody nose in the confrontation. Kim was charged ith second-degree assault. If convicted, he could be sentenced to three to nine months in jail,

“We strongly encourage guests to be respectful of their fellow moviegoers, and to report any disturbance to an AMC associate, so that we may handle it directly,” AMC Theatres spokesman Ryan Noonan said in a statement. “The safety and security of our guests and associates is important to us, and we want everyone to enjoy the moviegoing experience.”