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[Aug. 5th, 2005|01:56 am]
The American Caliban
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My county's sheriffs are doing a fine imitation of Tijuana cops lately. Background here: The son of an "assistant sheriff" and major campaign donor took part in a gang rape of another teenager and the Sheriffs Office obstructed the investigation. They also let the kid go when he was smoking pot outside the courthouse. Meanwhile, it turns out that the Sheriff has been handing out Reserve Deputy status, with badge and government issued gun included, to all his buddies. Some of said buddies have criminal records, and none of them are peace officers. The State has been pressuring him to train or fire his reserve deputies.

Hey, they're right! His taekwondo instructor turns out not to be the kind of guy you want packing heat:

O.C. Reserve Deputy Is Suspended
Four felony counts are lodged against the man who is also the sheriff's martial arts instructor. He allegedly pulled a gun and raged at golfers.
By Christine Hanley
Times Staff Writer

August 5, 2005

An Orange County sheriff's reserve deputy was suspended from duty after his arrest Monday for allegedly flashing his badge, pulling a gun and threatening to kill a group of golfers at a Chino Hills course.

Meanwhile, prosecutors in San Bernardino County said Thursday that they were upping the charges against the reserve officer from a single misdemeanor count of brandishing a firearm to four felonies: two counts each of assault with a firearm and making criminal threats.

Raymond K. Yi, a reserve deputy since 2002 and Sheriff Michael S. Carona's martial arts instructor, turned in his badge and his department-issued gun Tuesday.

After reviewing the case file Thursday, the San Bernardino district attorney's office determined that the incident warranted the more serious charges. The golfers who reported the incident had been surprised by the lone misdemeanor count and spent several days pressing authorities for an explanation.

"We thought he was getting away scot-free," said Juan Bautista, one of the foursome who reported the incident. "He was waving a gun and threatening our lives. It seemed a little unfair."

If convicted on all charges, Yi could face about 10 years in state prison. His arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 31.

"In our reading of the case, his conduct was egregious. Pointing a firearm at them and threatening to shoot them is worth much more than brandishing a firearm," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Jeremy Carrasco, head of the Chino Hills office handling the case.

Yi operates two taekwondo studios in Orange County and said he has been Carona's instructor for the last seven or eight years. Yi did not return phone calls Thursday.

Yi was arrested Monday, a day after the incident, and released the same day. He was also suspended that day when the department was informed of the arrest, pending the outcome of the criminal and internal investigations.

Michael Schroeder, a lawyer and spokesman for the Sheriff's Department, said it did not appear that Yi's department-issued gun was involved in the golf course incident.

Yi had been issued an semiautomatic weapon by the department; the gun seen on the golf course was identified as a revolver, Schroeder said.

The incident began late Sunday morning on the 13th hole of the North Course at the Los Serranos Golf & Country Club in Chino Hills, after Yi's ball — for the second time — landed near a foursome that was playing ahead of him, according to the foursome.

One of the golfers hit Yi's ball off the fairway. Yi, who was also part of a foursome, approached the group, and a dispute broke out. The golfers said Yi finally told them, "Wait here. I'll be back." When he returned, they said, Yi flashed his badge and asked, "Do you know who I am?"

Marcelo Bautista, who was playing with his two brothers and an uncle, said Yi ordered him to retrieve the ball. Instead, Bautista said, he tossed Yi a ball from his bag and told him he wasn't going to get the other one. After Bautista climbed into his cart with his uncle, Yi pulled his gun and yelled, "Freeze" and "I will kill you," the golfers reported.

Players from both parties persuaded Yi to calm down and put down his gun, they said.

But Yi erupted again a short time later at the next green, they said. When the Bautistas' uncle, 61-year-old Gustavo Resendiz, got in the way, Yi shoved him and pulled his gun again, cocking it this time and threatening to kill him, Resendiz said Thursday.

"It scared me to death," said Resendiz, a semiretired engineer.

"I'm thinking about it every day. I have dreams about it."
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[User Picture]From: trinnit
2005-08-05 01:11 pm (UTC)
Doesn't say much for his Martial Art Skils if he needed a gun.
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[User Picture]From: flipzagging
2005-08-05 03:11 pm (UTC)


This is "Raymond Yi's Black Belt Academy". At the press of a button it converts into the secret headquarters of Team America.

Taekwondo is plagued with ripoff McDojos targeted to kids (hint: promise of Black Belt in the name). I would not be surprised if this was one of them.
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From: switchstatement
2005-08-05 05:56 pm (UTC)

POP CULTURE

that looks like the place they filmed the rex-kwon-do scene in napoleon dynamite.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-06-15 08:48 am (UTC)

yi under stress

give yi a break, i don't condone what he did but he was under pressure and flipped. pretty funny, i hate golf
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[User Picture]From: eamajyn
2005-08-05 04:49 pm (UTC)

It just goes to show

Golf is just not safe anymore.
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From: threepunchstuff
2005-08-05 05:02 pm (UTC)
I don't usually respond to true-crime news as vengefully as a lot of people, but I have silently prayed for Haidl Jr. to get punched in the face at least twice, hopefully consecutively.
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From: switchstatement
2005-08-05 05:58 pm (UTC)
i posted some STUFF about that rape fiasco awhile ago and had intended to ask you about it. did that trial end? were the kids convicted or what?
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2005-08-05 08:51 pm (UTC)

They're guilty.

The current drama is that their (very good) attorneys are trying to get them sentenced as juveniles so they'll walk in a few months.

http://www.ocweekly.com/county/index.php#haidl
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