Police: Fatal stabbing suspect may have fled country, another arrested

DULUTH -- Authorities have three of four men in custody wanted in the public stabbing death of a Duluth man last week. The fourth, police fear, has fled to Korea.

His attorney in tow, Yeon-Tae Kang Hill, 20, of Norcross, turned himself in Thursday afternoon to the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department fugitive unit. Like his friends Seung Won Lee, 24, and Dong Ho Shin, 30, both of Duluth, Hill is charged with felony murder and aggravated assault in the Dec. 8 slaying. They remain without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail.

Investigators have information that the final suspect, Dongsoo Park, 25, has absconded to his native Korea, said Duluth police spokesman Maj. Don Woodruff.

Police believe Kwang Ko, 32, was accosted about 6:40 a.m. by the group of revelers and stumbled to a nearby Aldi, where a bank patron spotted him bleeding and called 911.

Ko died of a number of slashing and puncture stab wounds and showed signs of bruising. The motive in Ko's death boiled down to simple "disrespect" between two groups of friends with no known gang affiliations. Ko was with a friend who was also beaten but managed to drive away, police said.

Police said the killing has shed light on illegal, underground nightlife activity that's taken root near the Pleasant Hill Road corridor. Exactly where the scuffle occurred is under investigation, but police have said all six men were carousing in a restaurant called Korean Folk shortly beforehand.

Duluth city ordinances require that businesses with liquor licenses abide by 1:30 a.m. last calls on weekdays.

In the wake of Ko's death, police anticipate stricter enforcement.