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Victim Provides Key Clue in Shooting

March 30, 1989|GEORGE BUNDY SMITH Times Staff Writer

A hamburger stand owner shot four times during an attempted holdup in Anaheim managed to write down the license plate number of the fleeing car, leading to the arrest of two teen-agers, authorities said Wednesday.

Kenneth Seagle, 18, of Long Beach and a 17-year-old Cypress youth were arrested several hours after the shooting Tuesday at the Hamburger Dan's restaurant in the 10900 block of Magnolia Avenue, according to Lt. Richard J. Olson, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Dak King Ling, the restaurant's owner, was in critical condition at UCI Medical Center Wednesday with bullet wounds in his chest, stomach and hands.

Seagle is being held in Orange County jail with bail set at $250,000. The 17-year-old, whose name was withheld because of his age, is at Orange County Juvenile Hall. Both are being held on suspicion of attempted murder and armed robbery.

Olson said Ling, who lives in Hacienda Heights, was working with his wife, Hui, who was in the back of the restaurant when the robbery occurred about 3:45 p.m.

"It was a robbery that went bad," he said. "To my knowledge, there were no other people in the restaurant."

Ling was shot in front of the restaurant, Olson said. After he was shot, he wrote the license plate number and a description of the Chevrolet Nova on a piece of paper, which his wife gave to investigators, Olson said.

The investigators were able to trace the vehicle to Seagle, who was arrested about 6 p.m. at his home in Long Beach. The 17-year-old was arrested about 11 p.m. near his home in Cypress.

A semiautomatic handgun believed to have been used in the holdup was recovered from a trash dumpster in Garden Grove, Olson said.

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