Even the safest neighborhoods have their weak spots and their predators. Indeed, all the home security, friendly neighbors, and vigilant policemen in the world can’t account for the unexpected.
What follows is a story of a home invasion, the likes of which may at first seem commonplace, but I assure you dear reader, it is anything but. It’s a story right out of tabloid television, something that most people would never expect, at least not in times like these..
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Come Back Around
Two teenagers had shown up to Sunny Han’s door with a gun. They had been there earlier, attempting to be invited in on the pretense that they sold magazines, but Sunny’s roommate had wisely chose to turn them away. They’d come back though, armed and determined not to take no for an answer. The two men forced themselves inside and bound and gagged Sunny’s roommate. Sunny herself ran into the bathroom to hide, certain that her friend was about to be assaulted or worse, and called the police on her cell.
Police officers were on the scene almost immediately and found a woman parked outside the house, it was Sunny’s twin sister, come to visit. She told them she was worried because her sister was inside. The two young men, who as it turned out were just mere teenagers, had made a run for it the moment they realized that their captive’s roommate had locked herself in the bathroom. They were young but they weren’t stupid, not stupid enough to believe she didn’t have her cell with her anyway. Unfortunately for them, the officers were a bit more fleet-footed than themselves…
Jeen and Sunny Han were identical twin sisters who seemed to defy the idea that twins are exactly alike. True, they may have looked the same and had similar reactions to certain situations, but deep down, their personalities were completely, one hundred percent opposites. Jeen was amoral whereas Sunny was a sort of goody-two-shoes. In fact, one might consider Sunny to be the good twin, which made Jeen, unequivocally, the “Evil Twin.”
Police surrounded the home, released the prone roommate, who was otherwise unharmed. As they continued to search the house for Sunny Han, they failed to notice the other teenage assailant get into the car with Jeen Han. Immediately, the officers believed that he had used the gun to force his way into a pedestrian’s car and make a clean getaway. They’d gone from one hostage situation to another, more mobile one. Their assessment of the situation couldn’t have been more wrong however…
Jeen, or Jeena as she preferred to be called, was pretty angry at Sunny. You see, the aforementioned twin had recently gotten herself in a bit of trouble for using stolen money and credit cards. That would have been enough to put her off her feed in any case, but her sour disposition was only made worse by the fact that Sunny, her twin sister, was helping the cops build the case against her..
Jeena felt betrayed. She was so angry at her for siding with the police against her, that she decided she was going to get her revenge. Not only that, she was going to make sure once and for all that the case against her would no longer stick. Her plan was simple and elegant, and the sort of thing you’d expect to find in a Soap Opera or Mystery Novel not a suburb in Irvine, California. She was going to kill her sister and steal her identity. That way her own criminal background and poor credit would disappear…
Jeena had promised the two young men that she would pay them and give them property if they helped her to assist, but not kill, her twin sister. It had all the markings of a cartoonish “She’s the bad guy…No, She’s the bad guy!” situation, but it seemed to go off without a hitch. They’d even gotten rope, duct tape, and a gun to help make things easier. None of the three would-be assassins counted on the fact that Sunny had a roommate who might possibly be home and who was most certainly in no mood to buy magazines.
Fleeing the Scene
The captured teenager had spilled his guts as soon as he got into custody. He told them everything, every single step of their Dick Tracy villain-style plan. At the same time as he was singing like a canary, Jeen Han and the other remaining accomplice fled to San Diego, where they tried to buy a new car. They had managed to procure Sunny’s identification and credit cards in the botched murder attempt, and Jeena, looking just like her sister, figured she could get away with using them. But the employees at the dealership weren’t buying it, they told them it would take a day to finalize any transactions…
No Idea it Was Her
The next day, the criminal duo dropped their rental car near the San Diego Airport and came out to a cavalcade of police officers, who had been alerted to their sketchiness thanks to the dealership employees. Back in Orange County, news of Jeena’s arrests left Sunny emotionally shaken. She had no idea it was her sister who had tried to murder her and steal her identity of course, she just couldn’t believe her poor twin was in trouble with the law again.
At just 22, Jeen Han was being seen in front of Orange County Municipal Court for the second time. This time, her charges included conspiracy to commit murder, robbery, and false imprisonment. She was held on a $250,000 bail, but Sunny wasn’t about to help pay it. Her accomplices, 15- and 16-year-old El Cajon residents, were booked at Orange County Juvenile Hall. In the end, Jeena was found guilty on all counts and sentenced to 26 years to life in prison. Sunny, concerned for her safety even with her sister in prison, decided to move away to a safer neighborhood.