Surveillance video captures suspect swiping 95-year-old man’s wallet

Oahu family shaken after 95-year-old father is robbed in broad daylight at a Chinatown market

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Honolulu family is shaken after their 95-year-old father had his wallet stolen in broad daylight at a Chinatown market.

At around 11 a.m. Wednesday, Lupo Fernandez says he was running his daily errands at the Oahu Market.

The Kalihi man, who is hard of hearing and doesn't speak English, says he was about to buy fish at one of the counters when a thief suddenly took his wallet.

Video from a security camera at the market shows the suspect pacing back and forth behind Fernandez before the crime.

Honolulu police officials say Remik Ungeni is the man wantedin connection with the Chinatown theft.
Honolulu police officials say Remik Ungeni is the man wantedin connection with the Chinatown theft. (Source: HPD)

On Friday, police identified the suspect as Remik Ungeni, who has two prior convictions and is known to frequent the Chinatown area.

Ungeni, 49, is described as being 5-foot-8 and weighing about 170 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Fernandez says there was about $40 in his wallet, but it also had his ID cards, bus pass, and priceless photos of his family, including one of his late wife.

His children say they're thankful their father wasn't physically hurt, but they say he came home from the market upset and out of breath.

“He was shaking. Hopefully the guy who did this to him gets caught. What he did is not right,” said Fernandez’s son, Rogelio.

Fernandez's daughter, who does not want to be identified, says her father has always been independent, but now they're afraid to let him go out on his own.

"I was so sad and I couldn't sleep last night thinking about it. It was heartbreaking. I don't want anybody else to do this again," she said.

The video of the theft went viral on social media, and with the help of the public, police have received tips on the suspect and have opened a case.

Sgt. Chris Kim of Honolulu Crimestoppers says it’s important that the community also helps keep an eye on our kupuna.

"That male's actions were clearly suspicious, him pacing back and forth you could tell something was up," said Kim. "Just be aware of your surroundings. If possible, have a family member go out with you to run these errands."

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 955-8300 or make a report using the P-3 app.

Kim says seniors are prime targets for criminals.

In October, an elderly woman was also robbed in Chinatown. The victim fell to the ground after a brief struggle and the suspect took off with her purse.

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