L.A. wig shop owner fatally stabbed trying to arrest shoplifters, 2 teenage suspects arrested

The owner of a wig store in Los Angeles was stabbed to death while trying to prevent shoplifting at his business.

Tommy Lee, who immigrated from South Korea, owned the store in downtown Los Angeles for about 20 years before his life was cut short.

The attack happened on Saturday afternoon when two 17-year-olds approached Lee and tried to rob him. Police say the teens brutally stabbed Lee to death.

Both suspects have been arrested. Their identities have not been released due to their age.

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The owner of a wig store in Los Angeles was stabbed to death while trying to prevent shoplifting at his business.
(FOX 11)

Davina Kangavari, the owner of the mall where Lee’s shop is located, viewed surveillance video of the fatal attack. The images have not yet been released by the Los Angeles Police Department.

“They were looking at a wig. And then all of a sudden they ran away. Tommy used to be tough and go after thieves,” Kangavari told FOX 11.

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Tommy Lee, who immigrated from South Korea, owned the downtown Los Angeles store for about 20 years.

Tommy Lee, who immigrated from South Korea, owned the downtown Los Angeles store for about 20 years.
(FOX 11)

“He started chasing them around the mall and then the boy pulled out a knife and stuck it in the heart,” she continued.

Lee’s store had been targeted by thieves several other times before Saturday. His death is just the latest violent crime in Los Angeles County.

“I don’t think he ever imagined he would be murdered for a wig,” Kangavari said.

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Kangavari was also asked what she had to say to the store owner’s attackers.

“Shame on you,” she told the outlet. “I threw away my life for a wig.”

 

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