HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A fatal assault on a 29-year-old in Waikiki last month appeared to be unprovoked, court documents said.
The suspect, 34-year-old Cesarin Perez, pleaded not guilty Monday to manslaughter. His bail remains at $500,000.
Perez has a lengthy criminal record across multiple states, including sex abuse in New York, resisting arrest in New Jersey, promoting prostitution in Connecticut, extortion in Florida, assault in Texas, drug charges in all five states, plus many other arrests. .
Authorities have identified the victim as Pil Sung Kim. Police said he died March 1 from injuries sustained in the assault on Feb. 20.
"All of us are still in shock about the whole thing," said Kim's friend, Philip Yi. "He's been having some rough times, but we didn't really expect anything like this to happen to him, especially this tragic."
Yi said Kim had a history of seizures after a bad car crash several years ago. He said Kim died March 1 after being hospitalized following a seizure.
Officials said the assault worsened Kim's previous condition, leading to his death.
That assault happened at 6:47 a.m. Feb. 20, outside the Irish Rose Saloon on Ena Road, court documents said.
Video surveillance shows the suspect walking up to Kim and hitting him twice, police said. Kim is then seen falling backwards, and striking his head on the pavement.
An autopsy concluded Kim's cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.
It's the latest high-profile crime in Waikiki, and it comes as police and lawmakers are trying to look for ways to improve safety in the tourist destination.
This story may be updated.