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Tuesday
Jan172012

Pinkberry Founder Young Lee Arrested on Assault

Armando Arorizo/Bloomberg via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The co-founder of Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt, Young Lee, was arrested Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport on a warrant for beating a homeless man last June.

Lee, who helped design the healthy, low-calorie dessert chain, is accused of chasing down a homeless man who approached his car in downtown Los Angeles asking for money on June 15, 2011. Lee and another individual beat the homeless man with a tire iron, according to police. The man was hospitalized for treatment.

Witnesses reported the incident to police, including the license plate of the vehicle, a Range Rover, which was rented in Lee's name. Police seized the tire iron from the vehicle, police said. Witnesses also helped police identify Lee from a photo display, allowing police to obtain a warrant for his arrest.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, a federal database alerted LAPD detectives that Lee was aboard an inbound flight from Korea to Los Angeles Airport on Monday. The department's Fugitive Warrants Task Force arrested the Pinkberry founder at the airport.

He was released Tuesday on $60,000 bail, according to local reports.

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