Teens tied to Ewa Beach beating charged with assault

Mug shots of Joziah Manuma and Jonan Aina Chaves.
Mug shots of Joziah Manuma and Jonan Aina Chaves.(Honolulu Police)
Published: Mar. 9, 2020 at 5:25 PM HST|Updated: Mar. 9, 2020 at 5:30 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Charges have been filed against two teens tied to a brutal January beating of a homeless man that was caught on camera.

Joziah Manuma and Jonan Aina Chaves, both 18 years old, were charged with assault. They were arrested late last week.

Also taken into custody was a 13-year-old boy. Information on him is limited because he is a minor.

Manuma’s bail was set at $15,000 while Chaves’s bail was set at $2,000.

In a graphic video that’s gone viral, the suspects are allegedly seen hitting and kicking a man even after he fell unconscious.

The video went viral on social media recently, though it happened on Jan. 31 at Ewa Beach Community Park.

It begins with two young men squaring off.

After a short fist fight between the two, others jump in and it turns into a three-on-one beat down.

“Regardless of what the situation was, that was not OK. Not in Ewa Beach, not in any community,’ said the area’s Senator Kurt Fevella. “That was overwhelming evidence showing a brutal attack on this young individual.”

Fevella said he is told the victim is a young homeless man.

He has not been able to track him down yet and is asking for the community’s help in locating him to make sure he is OK.

"All the community, I thank them and I applaud them for all their calls and information that was coming in to my phone and my office and helping HPD, giving them whatever information we could gather,” Fevella said.

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