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Los Angeles Gangster in Prison after he wrecked Havoc in Koreatown; Used Baseball Bat to beat victims and extortion

Los Angeles Gangster in Prison after he wrecked Havoc in Koreatown; Used Baseball Bat to beat victims and extortion

Los Angeles, CA: A man from Los Angeles was found guilty of multiple felonies for his violent and gangster-like extortion of Koreatown karaoke establishments.

Daekun Cho, a 39-year-old resident of Woodland Hills, was found guilty on 57 counts, including 55 counts of extortion-related interference with business, 1 act of attempted extortion-related interference with commerce, and 1 crime of carjacking.

Based on a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Cho “demanded ‘protection’ money from karaoke businesses in Koreatown, as well as from drivers of ‘doumis,’ or hostesses – employed by patrons of the karaoke establishments” from November 2020 to March 2023.

Prosecutors said Cho “physically attacked, threatened, and instilled fear in his victims to induce them to pay him” so-called “protection fees” ranging from $100 to $1,000 per month in person or via Venmo, using threats and, at least once, a baseball bat.

Prosecutors said that in May of 2021, Cho and an accomplice “beat the victim with baseball bats until knocking him unconscious and then stole his minivan” after the doumi driver refused to pay Cho.

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The press release stated that the victim had “many cuts and bruises” in addition to a fractured arm. A karaoke driving firm was shuttered and the victim’s business partner departed California as a result.

Cho seemingly tried to prove his point by threatening other victims with deadly violence and then opening fire, shattering the glass in one victim’s car and injuring a doumi.

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The sentencing hearing for Cho is set for August 16. Twenty years for each act of extortion and twenty-five years for carjacking are the maximum sentences he might face.

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