DA Vance: Man Charged With Murder, Robbery of 87-Year-Old College Professor

June 11, 2018

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of MATTHEW LEE, 50, for violently robbing 87-year-old Lehman College professor Young Kun Kim inside of a bank vestibule on the Upper West Side and knocking him to the ground, causing his death. The defendant is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Murder in the Second Degree and Robbery in the First Degree.[1]

“Young Kun Kim, a beloved member of the Lehman College faculty, was simply running a Sunday errand when he was attacked and left for dead in his own Upper West Side community,” said District Attorney Vance. “Violence against seniors and other vulnerable residents of our city will be met with the full force of our laws. My Office remains committed to seeking justice for elderly victims, and I encourage victims of elder abuse to call our hotline at (212) 335-9007.”

According to the indictment and documents filed in court, at approximately 4:50 p.m. on May 13, 2018, LEE followed Dr. Kim into a bank vestibule on Broadway between West 96th and West 97th Streets. The defendant waited in the vestibule while Dr. Kim withdrew $300 in cash from an ATM, and then attacked him in an attempt to take the money. Dr. Kim resisted and fell to the ground in the ensuing struggle, hitting his head on the floor. Other bank customers found Dr. Kim moments later and he was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his head injuries four days later. Meanwhile, LEE fled the scene with Mr. Young’s money and was apprehended on West 90th Street by members of the NYPD’s 24th Precinct Detective Squad.

Assistant D.A.s Dafna Yoran, Senior Trial Counsel for Trial Bureau 70, and Elizabeth Clerkin are handling the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant D.A. Alfred Peterson, Chief of Trial Bureau 70, and Executive Assistant D.A. John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Analyst Henry Chapman is also assisting with the case.

District Attorney Vance thanked the NYPD for its assistance with the investigation, particularly Sergeant Taiyuen Lee of the 24th Precinct; Detective Mourad Arslanbeck of the 24th Precinct Detective Squad; and Detective Mark Worthington and Lieutenant Patrick Brown of the Manhattan North Homicide Squad.

[1] The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court.

Defendant Information:

MATTHEW LEE, D.O.B. 10/3/1967
New York, NY


  • Murder in the Second Degree, a class A-1 felony, 1 count
  • Robbery in the First Degree, a class B felony, 1 count