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Man pleads guilty in Barrington Hills home invasion, kidnapping

Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 11:38 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:08 p.m. CDT
(Barrington Hills Police Department)
Kuhn Kim, 29, of Winnetka, was arrested Dec. 5, 2008, for an armed home invasion in Barrington Hills. Kim plead guilty but mentally ill to home invasion and aggravated kidnapping charges in Cook County Circuit Court May 13.

BARRINGTON HILLS – A 29-year-old Winnetka man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a Barrington Hills home invasion and aggravated kidnapping that occurred in 2008.

Kuhn Kim pleaded guilty but mentally ill, according to the Cook Cook State's Attorney's Office.

Awarding 905 days to Kim for the time he spent in custody, Cook County Judge Kay Hanlon sentenced Kim to 20 years on each count with sentences running concurrently, according to court records.

An initial trial began in October 2013 but was delayed several times for a mental health investigation, according to court records.

Barrington Hills Police Detective Ron Ruffin said police responded to and arrested Kim for an armed home invasion on Dec. 5, 2008.

Ruffin said three victims were kidnapped – a wife, husband and son. The son escaped the home through a window and alerted police, he added.

Kim fled the home once police arrived, Ruffin said.

An abandoned car found in a community church parking lot earlier that same day gave police a lead on the arrest.

A Barrington Hills police officer found the car with a note that said it had "broken down" and the owner would "be back." Kim was identified as the car's owner when the police officer scanned the license plate, Ruffin said.

Ruffin said the car was gone following the home invasion. It was the same vehicle Kim used to flee back to his parents' temporary home at the time, in Wilmette, where police made their arrest, he said.

Defense attorney Richard Beuke was not available for comment.

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