Elderly Woman Body Slammed By 18-Year-Old in Honolulu Chinatown Robbery

chinatown

An elderly woman in Honolulu’s Chinatown became the target of a violent robbery in broad daylight last Friday afternoon.

Violet Hoi was walking unprovoked on the River Street side of the Chinatown Cultural Plaza when the stranger, circled around and punched her.

As seen by the surveillance cameras around the area, when she was unbalanced, he slammed her to the ground and stole her purse containing her wallet, credit cards and ID, according to Hawaii News Now.

Violet ended up going to the hospital, suffering injuries to her head and back.

Herman Hoi, her son, was later phoned and informed, bringing his wife to tears.

In a Facebook post, Herman wrote that his mother, who is almost 70, had “recently broken her wrist from a fall and overcoming a stomach infection which resulted for her to be home bound. That day was the first time she was able to leave her house in a week.”

The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) searched for the suspect and from more footage of him fleeing the scene, they arrested 18-year-old Micah Obrian Toro, at 9:35 a.m. this Friday, according to the HPD’s current adult arrest logs.

Toro is charged for second-degree robbery and was apprehended in Makiki at his parents’ residence.

Violet remains positive and states that this incident will not deter her from going back to Chinatown, much to Herman’s uneasiness.

“I think definitely it’s a no,” he said. “My mother, she has a positive attitude and I think she really believes in the goodness of the people. It’s not gonna stop her. It’s not gonna discourage her, but at the same time, we’re gonna really maybe help her plan ahead and go to different places where there’s more people.”

Violet, on the otherhand, was more concerned about her missing ID, saying “ID for me is very important because I need to renew my driving license.”

Featured Image Screenshots via Hawaii News Now

Support our Journalism with a Contribution

Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way. Thank you for everyone’s support. We love you all and can’t appreciate you guys enough.

NextShark is a leading source covering Asian American News and Asian News including business, culture, entertainment, politics, tech and lifestyle.

For advertising and inquiries: info@nextshark.com