A Vancouver woman who was injured in a violent assault at her business in March is worried that a restraining order against her alleged attacker will not keep her safe.
Josephine “JoJo” Geronimo was attacked in her LooksWow tattoo parlour after getting into a dispute over $15 and a scheduling issue with a man. The assault was captured on surveillance video.
According to Geronimo, the man threw her to the floor and kicked her, which resulted in her suffering several facial injuries along with a bruised chest.
Byron Thomas Hobbs, 31, was charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm and two counts of assault. He was released on bail on April 30 but has not been sentenced.
Geronimo, who is a petite woman in comparison to the more than six foot Hobbs, is worried he could show up in her tattoo shop.
“People tell me that I should take this seriously because he might come back,” Geronimo told Global News.
“Conditions are just conditions and people don’t really follow them.”
This isn’t the first time Hobbs has been charged with assault, he was charged in an attack on a Vancouver clothing store clerk in early March.
Still suffering from the injuries of the assault, Geronimo says she not only fears for her own safety but also for the safety of others in the community.
“What does this mean? That I need to turn around every time I walk in the streets or in the shops? Do I need to close my shop? I don’t know.”
Hobbs has a long list of bail conditions, which include not having any contact directly or indirectly with Geronimo and not going anywhere she is, including her tattoo shop.