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Rival doughnut store owner arrested in Hurts Donut incident

Wichita’s Hurts Donut had its ambulance delivery truck in Salina on Thursday morning when a rival doughnut shop owner rolled into a crowd with his car, according to Salina police. No one was injured.
Wichita’s Hurts Donut had its ambulance delivery truck in Salina on Thursday morning when a rival doughnut shop owner rolled into a crowd with his car, according to Salina police. No one was injured.

A Salina doughnut store owner has been arrested and charged in connection with an incident on Thursday morning that involved Wichita’s Hurts Donut franchisees.

Salina police have arrested Hong Kim, 53, the co-owner of Carol Lee Donuts in Salina, and charged him with two counts of aggravated assault, a felony, plus one misdemeanor count of child endangerment and one count of reckless driving.

Lee went to the police station on Thursday afternoon, where he was arrested and charged, Salina police said.

At about 7:40 a.m. on Thursday morning, Hurts Donut franchisee Karen Peraita had the shop’s mobile doughnut truck, which looks like an ambulance, set up in the parking lot of the Elmore Center parking lot at 655 E. Crawford. They were selling doughnuts from a portable table.

Kim was upset, said Capt. Mike Sweeney of the Salina Police Department, and he drove his Isuzu SUV toward the line of people waiting to buy doughnuts.

“They had to move out of the way,” he said. “He ended up bumping the table, causing it to buckle. He did not damage the table, nor were there any doughnuts that were damaged nor was anyone hit.”

Lee backed up and left the scene, later showing up at the police department.

Hurts, which opened 7010 W. 21st St. in northwest Wichita in July of last year, had its truck in Salina selling maple bacon bars and other decorated doughnuts and was planning to donate 10 percent of its sales to Relay for Life.

Peraita’s daughter, Trista Patterson, who owns the franchise along with her husband and parents, said that her mother and two Hurts employees had about 100 people in line when the car pulled up. They’d had run-ins with Kim in recent months, Patterson said.

After the incident, the employees continued selling doughnuts since many people were coming to pick up pre-orders.

Patterson said she’s not sure if Hurts would return to sell in Salina.

“You hate to see it come to that,” she said. “It’s just doughnuts.”

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