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Police say a man has been charged with assault following a violent attack on the owner of a Vancouver tattoo parlour.

Sgt. Randy Fincham of the Vancouver police says the assault took place at about 1 p.m. on Monday at LooksWow, a tattoo parlour on West Pender Street.

A customer came into the store and got into a dispute with the owner, Jojo Geronimo. Fincham says the man became extremely aggressive and then assaulted the woman. In the video he can be seen grabbing her, throwing her to the ground and then kicking her.

“It was fairly violent,” says Fincham.

Another woman ran over to help and security was called. The police were also called and the man was arrested.

Thirty-one-year-old Byron Thomas Hobbs, from Vancouver, has now been charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm and two counts of assault. He has since been released and will be appearing in Vancouver Community Court on Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Fincham says Hobbs is previously known to police.

Geronimo suffered facial injuries in the attack, but is expected to make a full recovery. She is currently having trouble eating and can’t talk very well.

She said the entire experience was surprising and unsettling.

“I don’t even remember how I fell on the floor,” she said. “Only after I saw the footage I [thought] ‘oh ok, that’s why my jaw hurts’.”

“I didn’t think he would be doing that, because I’ve known him for about two years.”

Geronimo’s boyfriend, Joe Tenorio, who does not work at the parlour, says the dispute was over a scheduling issue. When Hobbs came by the store to reschedule his appointment, and there were no spots available, he became very irate. He also wanted $15, which he said he had paid Geronimo but she told him he was not entitled to get back. When she said she was going to call security, he attacked her.

“It’s was pretty shocking,” says Tenorio. “He striked her twice, once to the face, once to the chest. She’s a trooper that’s for sure. She’s a fighter, she didn’t allow him to take advantage of her and affect her too much, but the injuries were pretty bad.”

He said he was very proud of her for the way she acted and how she fought back.

He had only recently installed cameras in the store and when the attack happened he felt it was important to post it online for others to see. Although a longer version of the video was not posted online, and that part shows a female security guard being struck in the face. She is also expected to make a full recovery.

“It’s just one of the most overwhelming things that you see, when you see someone you truly care for being attacked as they were,” said Tenorio

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Wow what an idiot!! I was kind of wishing that the security guard would have put him on the ground. Who does that? has he been caught? Lowest of the low right there regardless of the situation.

Security guards are fairly useless. They hired as a 'security presence' that is intended to make people feel safe.

The only thing they can do in this situation is to take notes and be a witness. The latter part could be important but in terms of stopping a crime in progress, they don't do that.

He is not supposed to intercept the altercation because he could get injured. It's also against company policy as he is not trained.

The guard was right for not jumping in, even though it's a pathetic truth.

To put it into perspective, another customer (not an employee) could have stopped it and he/she wouldn't have gotten in trouble with either the police or the mall. In fact, he/she would be hailed as a 'hero'.

Security guards on the other hand take all the risk and get no reward for doing the right thing.

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