Caught: Suspect who allegedly stole from a 95-year-old man charged

Caught: Suspect who allegedly stole from a 95-year-old man charged
Remik Ungeni, seen in the black shirt on the left, is the suspect who allegedly stole from an elderly man. Ungeni's mug shot from police, left.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police have made an arrest in the case of a suspect who allegedly stole from an elderly man in broad daylight.

HPD says 49-year-old Remik Ungeni was arrested Friday. He was picked up by officers around 9:20 p.m. at the Mayor Wright Housing complex. On Saturday morning, police said he was charged with fourth-degree theft. Bail was set at $1,000.

The surveillance video broke the hearts of many and angered hundreds online after it went viral earlier in the week.

The video captured Ungeni allegedly watching 95-year-old Lupo Fernandez as he shopped for groceries at the Oahu Market in Chinatown.

“That male’s actions were clearly suspicious, him pacing back and forth you could tell something was up,” Sgt. Chris Kim of Honolulu CrimeStoppers said Thursday.

“Just be aware of your surroundings. If possible, have a family member go out with you to run these errands,” he added.

Ungeni then swooped in and swiped Fernandez’s wallet which contained $40, a bus pass and cherished photos of Fernandez’s late wife.

Stunned, Fernandez watched as Ungeni ran away.

Tips and support for Fernandez poured in, with many willing to help Fernandez with groceries and even rides to the market.

Family members took to twitter to thank everyone for their help. They added Fernandez hasn’t gotten his wallet back, but they’re relieved the suspect was arrested.

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