HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Big Island authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with the attack on a disabled homeless man.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that Christopher Mohrlang turned himself in to police Friday and has been charged with assault for the June 7 incident. He was released from custody after posting $1,000 bail.
John Hartley says he had been asleep outside a museum in Pahoa when he awoke to Mohrlang throwing ice water on him, spraying him in the face with Mace and punching him multiple times. Hartley, who has an amputated leg and uses a wheelchair, says he was left blind for several days after the unprovoked encounter.
Multiple residents have told the Tribune-Herald there have been similar assaults against homeless people in Pahoa in recent months.