Police: Businessman's Murder Occurred During a Robbery
Yong Suk Yun, a respected local businessman, was killed last year. Police hope to find new leads.
It was just over a year ago that Yong Suk Yun, a respected businessman, was killed in his Fairfax Station home.
Since that time, Fairfax County investigators have poured over surveillance video, combed through his house and car for forensic evidence, reviewed phone records and interviewed over 80 people. Yet they are still missing critical information that they need to make an arrest, said Dan R Bibeault, an FCPD homicide detective.
A family member hopes that a larger monetary incentive might lead to a break in the case. The private reward for any information that leads to the identification or apprehension of a suspect has now jumped from $20,000 to $70,000. Police are asking that people scour their minds for even the smallest details that in retrospect, might seem odd or out of place about that day, Oct. 7, 2010, which was close to a holiday weekend.
"They might have information that they don't think is significant, but that information could be key to unlocking this case," Bibeault said.
Police have also released new details about what happened on the night of the murder. For the first time, investigators have said that Yun died of a stabbing, and that they believe he was the victim of a robbery. They also think that there was more than one person involved in the crime.
Bibeault said that the perpetrators likely knew Yun, and had specifically targeted him for the robbery. His car, a 2002 gold Lexus SUV, was stolen the night of the murder, and later abandoned in Annandale.
"That would help support the idea that there was more than one person involved," Bibeault said. As to why anyone would steal the car and then abandon it, he said, "There's a lot of theories that get thrown around." Ultimately, though, "til you get to talk to them you don't know why."
Police hope that a picture of a pickup truck spotted near Yun's home near the Fairfax County Parkway, 5781 Ladues Court, around the time of the murder might jog some memories. The driver of the truck could have been involved; or they might have seen something, perhaps even something that they didn't realize was important.
Yun's death made waves in Western Fairfax County and within the Korean-American community. He was an avid golfer and a respected local businessman who owned the Dr. Wash in Chantilly. Yun, 61 years old at the time of his death, would also try to help other people get their businesses started, Bibeault said. "He's a loss to the community."
Police ask anyone with information to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-8477, through e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.