VANCOUVER - The violent attack on Filipina tattoo artist Jojo Geronimo was caught on CCTV.
Multiple cameras at the tattoo shop in Vancouver recorded how Byron Thomas Hobbs assaulted Geronimo.
"Instinct ko na lang. Humawak pa nga akong ganoon para kung babagsak man ako hindi mauuntog," she said.
The incident started over a disagreement with scheduling. When Geronimo decided not to do a touch-up on his tattoo, Hobbs became restless demanding that she give refund him the $15 that he paid her.
Geronimo said he did not give her money and asked him to leave.
Hobbs exploded and attacked her. He started kicking Geronimo, hitting her on the jaw.
Geronimo tried to fight back with a chair but Hobbs, who is six foot tall, used the chair against her until mall security arrived and stopped the attack.
Hobbs has been a client of Geronimo for two years now, and the attack was a complete surprise.
Prior to the incident, Hobbs was already a suspect in an assault at a clothing store and theft at the Gastown Tattoo Parlour.
After the incident, Geronimo, who suffered bruises in several parts of her body, said she has become afraid and more wary of her surroundings.
"Biglang may pumapasok na mamang kalbo na mataas, natakot akong bigla. Hindi ko akalaing matatakot ako. Pinuntahan pa ako ng mga pulis sa bahay. Sabi sa akin, now you're priority one so if you call 911 we have you on alert," she said.
A couple of days after the attack, Hobbs was released but was again arrested for another case of assault and uttering threats.
He is now awaiting his court appearance.