MOUNTAIN VIEW — For a second time this year, Mountain View
authorities have arrested a 44-year-old woman they say lied about
being a victim of domestic violence, then looted the homes of her
alleged abusers after they were taken away by police.
Sunmee Kim — also known as Sunny Jean Kim, Jean Kim, Jiin and
Ashley Kim — met her victims on Korean dating websites, developed
relationships with them, then called police and claimed she was the
victim of domestic violence, according to police.
“She would steal any and all valuables and also receive victim
services,” Mountain View police said in a news release
In January, Kim told officers her fiancé had attacked her, but
she refused to provide her full name and contact information,
according to police. The man, who was arrested at the time, denied
they were in a romantic relationship, instead stating they were
only housemates. Police said they released the man after
determining he had not committed any crime. However, the residence
was “cleared out” while he was away.
Detectives launched an investigation and learned Kim was wanted
for similar crimes in Los Angeles and Orange counties, where she
had been sentenced nearly five years ago.
Kim was eventually arrested in Palo Alto in June. She was soon
declared at-large again when she did not report to her probation
officer for court appearances related to the Southern California
On Monday, detectives received a tip Kim was staying at a hotel
in Burlingame and arrested her there. Police said a search of Kim
turned up multiple credit cards belonging to additional
Mountain View police Lt. Mike Canfield lauded his detectives for
cracking the case.
“Kim’s abuse of services that should be used to help real
victims of domestic violence is appalling, and we will do all we
can to ensure she cannot ensnare and victimize again,” Canfield
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