Surveillance video shows moments before savage beating

Surveillance video shows moments before savage beating
Blackford Tully
Blackford Tully

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

MAKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - An ukulele maker who was brutally beaten by several young men in Makiki continues his recovery in the hospital.  Hawaii News Now has obtained surveillance video from the night of the attack.

The footage, which was taken at about 1 am Sunday, doesn't show the beating itself, but does show what triggered it.

On the video, you can clearly see someone stealing Blackford Tully's bicycle from outside 8 Fat Fat 8 Bar and Grille.  The victim left the bar, followed by another customer, to chase down the thief and retrieve his bike.

"You figure he'd go get it and come back and it would be fine," Mary Yeung, bar manager, said.

You can then see Tully running across the street to a parking lot.  That's where the attack happened.

"Everyone here is really like horrified at what happened and feel really bad," Yeung said.

Witnesses say eight young men jumped the 51-year-old.  He suffered a damaged eye socket, a broken jaw and a gash on his head.

"It's not something you expect to happen or even think would happen, especially over a bike," Yeung said.

The beating happened in the Central Pacific Bank parking lot.  Workers at the bar say they've been concerned about a group of men drinking alcohol and causing trouble there at night.

"Several months back, they had a fight there and so we had called the police," Yeung said.  "Since then, we've been trying to keep an eye on that area."

She worries about how this type of criminal activity will affect the bar's business.

"I want my customers safe," Yeung said.  "I want them to know that, you know, it's safe to come here and they can have a good time and they don't have to worry about things like this."

If you have any information about this case, call police.