HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - "Take me in. I did it."
That's what the man who allegedly attacked an 80-year-old woman at a Downtown Honolulu bus stop Monday told police as he was being arrested.
Court documents also show that Steven Ho, 51, had blood on his right foot when police took him into custody. "That's not my blood," he told officers.
The woman suffered massive head trauma in the random attack, which happened about 5:35 a.m. at the bus stop fronting Honolulu District Court.
Ho has been charged with first-degree assault, and his bail set at $150,000.
The victim's family members say she was on her way to see her sister when she was assaulted. Ho ran away after the alleged attack, but was later arrested near Iolani Palace.
A witness positively identified Ho as the attacker, and told police that the suspect kicked the victim in the head while she was on the ground.
The incident is prompting considerable concern for area residents, who are calling for more police patrols.
"To be assaulted like that when you're 80 years old and you have to go into intensive care, that's very sad because most of the crime recently have been committed against the seniors," said Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock, Downtown-Chinatown Neighborhood Board member.
Public records show Ho has a long history of violent crimes.
He spent 30 years behind bars for numerous crimes, including kidnapping, robbery, and burglary.
In August, Ho was arrested for an assault and a Honolulu judge ruled he was dangerous to himself and others. He was committed him to the State Hospital in Kaneohe, where he was placed under the control of the state Health Department and state attorney general's office. Those agencies say state and federal privacy laws do not allow them to tell the public why he was out on the street.