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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on August 20th, 2012 at 3:52 am

Crazy Man Stabs Eight People On Subway In Uijongbu

I guess one way to look at this recent crime in Uijongbu is to be thankful at least he did not have access to a firearm:

Eight people were injured in a knife rampage at a subway station near Seoul on Saturday.

The victims were stabbed or cut by a man wielding a box-cutter, but none of the victims’ injuries are believed to be life-threatening, police said.

The incident happened at around 6:35 p.m. when a man began stabbing people on a running train heading to Seoul from Uijeongbu Station on the Gyeongwon Line.

The 39-year-old suspect surnamed Yoo also injured passers-by while running away from people who tried to stop him before he was caught by police.

Witnesses said the suspect began wielding the knife after he was confronted by one of the victims for spitting on a train. The police are currently questioning the suspect for a motive.   [Korea Herald via a Open Thread tip]

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  • LG DACOM Stinks, Royally
    3:02 am on August 20th, 2012 1

    The crazy people and the drunks are some of what I don’t miss about my weekly commute between Yongsan and Camp Casey.

  • Those weren't bran muffins, Brainiac...
    5:04 am on August 20th, 2012 2


  • Leon LaPorte
    5:21 am on August 20th, 2012 3

    A man and a box cutter can change the world!

    /Let’s debate box cutter control

  • Lazy_Contractor
    5:45 am on August 20th, 2012 4

    Thank GOD a GI didn’t do this! *whew!*

  • Stephen
    7:00 am on August 20th, 2012 5

    That line is a shocker, almost guaranteed to smell and see someone smoking on the platforms.

  • Sam
    9:29 am on August 20th, 2012 6

    Who cares if you smoke on the platform, it’s outside and those people keep to themselves. I’ll put up with smokers much more than drinkers.

  • Stephen
    3:21 pm on August 20th, 2012 7

    Er … because the smokers usually have a bottle of soju tucked into their waistband. Have you ever been on that line?

    Under the Korean Constitution all retirees are allowed free subway travel. Which is theoretically a good thing.

    Free subway travel not only entitles them to ride the subway, it also seems to entitle some retirees the right to sleep at subway stations (OK, maybe they have nowhere else to go), smoke on subway platforms, drink soju, panhandle, berate younger Koreans, moon the KNP, have unfortunate bladder incidents on seats and spit in carriages. All in all, a very entertaining (and free) ride. Then when you get to Songtan you can meet Sally.

    Though in this particular case, it was not a retiree.

    But sure, enjoy the aroma of tobacco on platforms. Second hand tobacco smoke is non-carcinogenic (not) and a great earner for the Korean government, compared to the minuscule tax on soju.

  • Leon LaPorte
    3:42 pm on August 20th, 2012 8

    Third-hand smoke contains carcinogens too! We are all going to die!

    I wonder in what quantities of harmful chemicals one my expect to inhale from second hand smoke exuding from a smoker, outside, say 50 feet down a subway platform? I also wonder how this might compare to other particulate matter in the air in a place like Seoul and its environs with its industry, automobiles, cooking fires, etc?

  • Kingkitty
    3:51 pm on August 20th, 2012 9

    Not only that but the chances of Sea turtles choking on the rappers from the cigarettes is increased 71% every time someone smokes in the subway station.

  • Leon LaPorte
    3:54 pm on August 20th, 2012 10

    I’ve noticed cigarette rappers are often winded after they bust their rhymes.

  • Stephen
    3:55 pm on August 20th, 2012 11

    General LaPorte, you are George Carlin and I claim my five dollars.

    Remind me again, where were you in 2002?

  • Leon LaPorte
    4:16 pm on August 20th, 2012 12

    11. Thank you sir. Being compared to George Carlin is a colossal compliment! He had a brilliant mind.


    In 2002 my office was located at Camp Edwards. I actually drove through the site of the accident not long after it had occurred.

  • Leon LaPorte
    4:21 pm on August 20th, 2012 13

    Are you sure you are not referring to Lobby Lud? :lol:

  • Stephen
    4:25 pm on August 20th, 2012 14

    I was down south so missed most of the opprobrium. Much harder to get a crowd riled up in the narrow streets of Busan and busing them out to Jinhae costs money the rent-a-crowd would rather spend on soju.

    During APEC 2005 the Busan City Govt took up our suggestion of soju tents on the city limits. Rent-a-crowd never made it to Haeundae. Very different from APEC 2007.

  • counter strike 6
    7:31 pm on August 20th, 2012 15

    So I have a question. Where are the comments from the Koreans that post to this site, who always complain that Americans/Soldiers cause all of Koreas violent crime and are the root of Koreas social problems? The ones who claim that Koreans con do no wrong. Where are Seoul Guy & Tom?

    Come out and plaaayyy! Come out and playyy!

  • Tom
    7:34 pm on August 20th, 2012 16

    Projecting much? :roll:

  • Jerry Foley
    1:46 am on August 22nd, 2012 17

    Well at least some security or subway personnel took action instead of like in Daegu 2003.

  • Teadrinker
    8:18 am on August 22nd, 2012 18

    I’d like to know what the cops who’ve been arresting Chinese migrant workers who carry a knife with a blade longer than 6cm on trumped up charges (the law, in fact, permits possession of knives without a permit as long as the blade is shorter than 15cm) and then tell any reporter who wants to hear of how foreigners are dangerous have to say about these recent attacks.

  • William
    9:45 am on August 27th, 2012 19

    In the 80s, the train to Seoul from Casey could take a long time (if you could get a pass to get away from TDC) and a change of trains. Old dude would push a cat filled with hydration, food, snacks, and real “drinks” like soju. One could get totally schlosched on those trains on the cheap to balance out to long ride.

  • Those weren't bran muffins, Brainiac...
    4:20 pm on August 27th, 2012 20

    Foreigners are dangerous. Just look at all the Canuckistan preverts smoking the welcome mat and deflowering their youths…

  • Haunted Cowboy
    12:47 pm on December 6th, 2012 21

    I bumped into something on Ask a Korean’s blog about firearms ownership in Korea and violence in America. I tried to post something but his comment section is closed without an ID and I don’t have any of those IDs, nor do I want them.

    For that reason, I will post it here as it is fitting. Perhaps he will read it or perhaps someone will send it to him.

    I greatly respect the Korean but I am profoundly disappointed with the lack of knowledge displayed on this topic.

    I am further disappointed in how this lack of knowledge has led to false conclusions on the relationship between guns and crime.

    There is a lower rate of violent crime in Korea, as there is in almost every category of crime, but there are actually many, many, many privately owned firearms in Korea.

    Some have been smuggled into Korea in household goods by returning Koreans. Some have been lost or stolen from Korea’s military. Some have been lost by Korean hunters (who may own shotguns but not “hunting rifles”). Some have been brought in by foreign sailors for quick and easy cash. Some have come from the US military, mostly through 50+ years of slicky boys. Some have been manufactured out of curiosity or feelings of craftsmanship by a highly industrialized population with countless technically-capable small machine shops. Some vanished into the population during the Kwangju riots. And many of them were left over from the Korean war and packed away by a nervous population poor enough to collect anything of value.

    A big difference is that it is culturally unthinkable and socially unproductive to use, or even display, a firearm in anger; and legally unthinkable to display it secretly to anyone but the closest and most trustworthy friends.

    Even gas gun, which are relatively common and easily available with a license, are rarely-if-ever used or displayed as a threat.

    For this reason, there is a myth that privately held firearms do not exist in Korea, much like, not too many years ago, there were no homosexuals in Korea. In the same way, privately held firearms are neither openly displayed nor openly talked about. But they do exist in great numbers.

    I would hope the Korean recognizes the vast cultural difference between Korea and America which permeates every social interaction including violence; and likely outweighs the availability of firearms in determining the rate of violent crime. One could speculate the Confucian-influenced crazy Korean might tend to harm himself more than the hiphop/Hollywood-influenced crazy American, making violence more of a complex cultural issue than a simplistic firearms issue in which all problems can be solved by “banning guns”.

    As for knowledge of America, I would encourage the Korean to study the actual FBI gun crime statistics where, along with suicide being considered a “gun crime” by those who manipulate those statistics, he will find the VAST majority of gun crimes are committed primarily in low-income urban neighborhoods rather than distributed across the general public.

    While the Korean is intelligent and knowledgeable, it seems as if his political view on gun ownership has influenced his “facts” rather than actual facts influencing his opinion.

    But this is just a minor disappointment in a long history of admiration and it is easily corrected with objectivity, study and further consideration.


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