Prosecutors on Wednesday charged a 37-year-old man, caught on videotape, in Saturday’s assault of a woman on South Beretania Street in front of Wong’s Drapery.
Jordan K. Wong, who is not affiliated with the business, was charged with second-degree assault. His bail was set at $20,000.
The attack was caught on video surveillance and it shows a man walking down the sidewalk, shoving with one arm the woman off the sidewalk onto the street in broad daylight. Her head lands on the pavement.
A person, who works at the drapery store and assisted the woman, estimated the victim was about 80 years old.
The crime falls under a new law recently passed involving people over a certain age.
Gov. David Ige signed into law on July 1 Act 147, which makes intentionally or knowingly causing bodily injury to anyone age 60 or older a Class C felony.
Wong will face up to five years in prison if convicted.
Honolulu Prosecutor Steve Alm warned: “Those who prey upon our kupuna will be prosecuted to the maximum extent of the law. We are thankful that the Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law Act 147, which provides much-needed protections for some of our most vulnerable residents.”
He added, “If Wong is convicted, we will be seeking the maximum prison term, not probation to protect the safety of the public.”
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