Man who attacked tattoo parlour owner has court appearance delayed

Byron Thomas Hobbs, the Vancouver man who violently attacked the owner of a Vancouver tattoo parlour earlier this week, will be a free man for at least another week.

He was supposed to appear before a judge today, but asked to have a lawyer, so his case has been put over until April 2.

It makes Jojo Geronimo, the woman he attacked over a rescheduling dispute, scared, even though one of Hobbs’ bail conditions is not to show up at the parlour.

“That’s the condition, but anything can happen, right? So it’s scary,” she told Global News.

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Geronimo’s boyfriend, Joe Tenorio, who does not work at the LooksWow parlour she owns, 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.

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Hobbs is charged with two counts of assault, and was released on bail with five conditions.

Global News has learned Hobbs allegedly attacked another person just last week at the Millennium Store, punching someone in the face and sending them to hospital. Vancouver Police wouldn’t directly comment on the allegation, only to say they’ve received a number of tips from people on this file.

The situation has made Laura King, who works at the parlour, nervous.

“I want to take time off, and I’m only here for her. I don’t want her to be alone.”

– With files from Amy Judd