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Young Lee, Pinkberry co-founder, arrested for allegedly assaulting homeless man

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(CBS/KCBS) LOS ANGELES - Officials say one of the co-founders of the frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry was arrested Monday at the Los Angeles International Airport on an outstanding warrant for assault with a deadly weapon.

LAPD officials say Young Lee, 47, was taken into custody by a fugitive task force apprehension team following an overseas flight, CBS Los Angeles reports.

According to ABC News, the warrant was issued by the LAPD after Lee allegedly assaulted a homeless man last June in downtown L.A. 

Police say Lee and another individual used a tire iron to beat a homeless man who approached his car in downtown Los Angeles asking for money on June 15, 2011, ABC reports. Witnesses reportedly informed police of the incident and later identified Lee as the attacker.

Lee, a kick-boxer-turned-architect-turned-entrepreneur, co-founded Pinkberry with partner Shelly Hwang, CBS Los Angeles reports. They opened their first location in West Hollywood in 2005, gaining a celebrity following and sparking a frozen yogurt craze. The chain grew into an international franchise brand.

Lee was being held in lieu of $60,000 bail.

  • Casey Glynn

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