PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Md. – A 73-year-old woman is in custody after officials say she beat her neighbor to death and then called the police to let them know what she’d just done.
Prince George County Police confirmed on Monday that they had arrested Chun Yong Oh in connection with the murder of her 82-year-old neighbor.
Police say that the two women had been in an argument, which led to the attack. Investigators say that Oh and her neighbor, Hwa Cha Pak, had gotten into a dispute early on Sunday morning outside of their apartment building. At one point, the fight escalated to the point where police say Oh “struck the victim multiple times with a brick.”
Then, strangely enough, Oh returned to her home and called the police. When she spoke with a 911 dispatcher, she reportedly told police about what had happened.
Officers dispatched to the area to investigate the woman’s claims, and sure enough, they discovered Pak’s brutally beaten body lying in the garden outside of the housing complex.
The Prince George County Police Homicide Unit released a statement to the press on Monday.
“On September 8th, at approximately 7:15 am, officers with the Bladensburg Police Department responded to an apartment building in the 5900 block of Emerson Street for a welfare check,” the press release read.
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Officers say that when they got to the scene, it was already too late to save Pak.
“They located the victim suffering from upper body trauma in a garden in the back of the building,” the spokesperson wrote. “She was pronounced dead on the scene.”
Oh was arrested and has been charged with second-degree murder and is being held on a “no bond status” in the Department of Corrections facility.
Yahoo reported that the investigation into the violent homicide is still being investigated. It is not yet clear what may have sparked the alleged disagreement between the two that ultimately led to Pak’s death. Officials say that the apartment building houses seniors.
Pak’s relatives were devastated to learn of the 82-year-old’s terrible fate.
“She helped raise all of us,” said Andy Kwon in an interview with the Washington Post. Kwon is Pak’s oldest grandson. “Who in their right mind, or what kind of evil, had to creep up to take my grandmother’s life?” he said angrily.
Chun Yong Oh is charged with first and second degree murder for the death of Hwa Cha Pak, her neighbor at a home for senior citizens in Maryland. https://t.co/EbTvwmWTqn
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Kwon said that Pak followed her son to the United States in the 80’s and had served as an integral part of her nine grandchildren’s upbringing.
“She literally bounced from house to house to take care of her grandchildren,” he said. “She gave up so much of her youth and her later life for us.”
Any parties with information concerning the incident is encouraged to contact Prince George’s County Police detectives at 301-772-4925. People wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or visit their website at http://www.pgcrimesolvers.com.
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