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Newark Police Arrest South Korean Man Suspected of Strangling Wife

Newark police have arrested the husband of a woman who was found allegedly strangled in her home Monday amid blood and signs of a struggle.

Hee Jin Kim, 39, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of the homicide of his wife, 38-year-old Eunkyoung Han, who was found dead in their home on the 5600 block of McLaughlin Avenue, according to police.

Officers responded to the home after a call at 8:21 p.m. Monday from a person who said he had been asked by family in South Korea to check in on the couple.

The caller said he saw a small child inside the house and the kitchen in disarray, police said.

Responding officers found an unresponsive Han inside along with blood and broken items scattered around the house as if there had been a struggle.

Paramedics pronounced Han dead at the scene. The woman died as a result of "asphyxia due to compression of the neck," police said Wednesday.

Two small children were found inside along with Kim, their father and Han's husband. Kim did not cooperate with investigators or provide details of what happened, police said.

The children were given medical examinations as a precaution and were taken into protective custody.

Both Kim and Han are South Korean citizens and police said they have been working with the South Korean consulate to notify Han's family.

Kim is being held in custody without bail and is scheduled to appear in court for arraignment at 2 p.m. Thursday in Fremont, according to jail records.

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