Felony charges are expected to be filed Tuesday against a 27-year-old Riverside man suspected of firing numerous bullets into his neighbor’s house, culminating in an hours-long standoff with Riverside police that ended peacefully.
James Hardy Kahng was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of shooting at an inhabited dwelling and stalking. He’s being held in lieu of $750,000 bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.
On Thursday afternoon, officers were alerted by a resident in the 19000 block of Nassau Street, near Lurin Avenue, in the Orangecrest community, that his home had been vandalized, according to Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback.
Upon further investigation, it was determined the vandalism was actually the result of gunfire breaking windows, he said.
“Bullet projectiles were embedded in the exterior wall and a sofa inside the house,” the police spokesman said.
He said the victim pointed to Kahng as the alleged perpetrator, telling detectives that the suspect was “unstable.”
A search warrant was served about 6 p.m. at Kahng’s residence, with SWAT members on hand to ensure the operation was carried out safely, according to Railsback.
“Kahng refused to comply and barricaded himself inside his home,” Railsback said. “For several hours, de-escalation and negotiation tactics were utilized to encourage the suspect to come out. He continued to ignore all communications until about 11 p.m., when he finally surrendered without incident to officers. A search of his home revealed he was in possession of a loaded firearm — the same one believed to have been used to shoot at the neighbor’s home.”
Kahng has no documented prior felony or misdemeanor convictions in Riverside County.
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