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.”
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