Suspect accused firing at ex-girlfriend at bus stop appears before judge

Police arrest suspect accused of opening fire on ex-girlfriend at bus stop

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The man who allegedly tried to kill his ex-girlfriend at a Kalihi bus stop over the weekend has been charged, Honolulu police said.

Theodore Kim appeared in court on Thursday morning on charges of first-degree attempted murder and several other firearms offenses. His bail is set at $1 million.

Officers arrested Kim on Wednesday just before 9 a.m. on Kamehameha Avenue.

A tipster alerted police after spotting Kim at a construction site in Manoa.

During the arrest, a shotgun was found in the back floorboard of the SUV he was driving, sources say.

The fugitive spent the past three days on the run.

Records show the 59-year-old was on the radar of authorities Sunday, when he tracked down his ex-girlfriend near Sand Island Access Road.

Police say when the woman refused to leave with him, he fired three blasts from a 12-gauge shot gun.

“She made the right decision not to go with him and seek shelter at the bus stop,” said Honolulu Police Department Sgt. Chris Kim. “She’s very fortunate. Very fortunate that she was not injured.”

Law enforcement was warned something like this could happen.

Three days before the shooting, Kim’s probation officer filed a police report after getting information Kim was threatening to hurt his ex-girlfriend.

Sources say Kim allegedly told co-workers he was “going to shoot her” and to “watch the news.”

The victim herself wrote something similar just days before that ― when she petitioned the court for a restraining order saying Kim had threatened to shoot her and then take his own life.

“That’s what victims and survivors are afraid of," said Nanci Kreidman, head of the Domestic Violence Action Center. "They’re not sure whether their abusers are going to make good on their threats.”

Kreidman emphasized the importance of law enforcement following up on these types of reports.

“It’s crucial for the system to work right. We are always encouraging people to seek help. To reach out. To get support. To seek restraining orders. To call police," she said. "All of these parts of the system really have to work together -- and work well in response to people’s need.”

HPD didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on what actions were taken after Kim’s probation officer reported those threats to police ahead of the shooting.

Kim’s criminal record dates back nearly four decades and includes 25 convictions ranging from drug charges to theft and assault.

Since 2007, Kim’s been found guilty of eight felonies, including three convictions for abuse of a family member.

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