Victim in Corvallis nail salon attack dies in hospital, suspect charged with murder

Than Duy Kim (via Benton County Sheriff's Office)

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A 49-year-old is now facing a murder charge after the man he’s accused of viciously attacking at a Corvallis nail salon died in the hospital on Tuesday, police officials said.

Than Kim, 49, of Albany, was initially arrested as a suspect in the assault case of Mitch Dong, the owner of a Corvallis nail salon. Kim missed a court appearance on Tuesday after he was hospitalized from an apparent suicide attempt.

Dong died in the hospital the same day.

Court records claim that Kim learned Dong was having an affair with his wife.

A probable cause document states Kim was carrying a baseball bat in one hand and a gun in the other when he entered the salon.

The gun fell out of his hand, so police say Kim used the bat to hit Dong in the head. When he fell to the ground, police say Kim kept hitting him, even grabbing a nearby knife to slash his face.

Police say Kim dumped the knife and bat in a nearby dumpster, and was arrested shortly after on charges of assault, attempted murder and unlawful use of weapon.

Kim now faces a murder charge, along with the initial charges of assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

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