Homeless man attacked in Pahoa

Homeless man attacked in Pahoa

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Authorities are investigating after a homeless man was attacked in the Big Island community of Pahoa while he slept in his wheelchair.

John Hartley says he awoke to his attacker splashing him with ice-filled water before he was sprayed in the face with Mace and punched multiple times. The June 7 incident was caught on surveillance video, though police said Monday they hadn't yet identified a suspect.

Multiple residents told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald there have been similar assaults against homeless people in recent months.

Sarah Williams, with the Pahoa Village Museum, organized meetings earlier this year aimed at addressing the community's homeless problem. She said the attack on Hartley, who had his right leg amputated two years ago, has united the community to help him seek justice.

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