Hanalei Pier attack victim: ‘I thought we were going to die’

Hanalei Pier (File photo)

Kauai police are investigating an attack at Hanalei Pier.

It happened on Saturday, May 30, at approximately 8 p.m.

Officials said the victims were part of a youth group visiting from California.

KHON2 spoke with Tim Corcoran, a male chaperone with the group. He said a mob of teens attacked their vans and threatened him and the children.

He said he, another man and a student were punched by two, possibly three, male suspects who were part of a larger group.

At one point during the incident, a female chaperone attempted to intervene when one of the local males spat in her face, he said.

“I really thought we were going to die. We were surrounding by 20 of them, threatening to kill us. The reason why I think we got out of there alive (was because) they didn’t have any weapons. They didn’t show any knives or show any guns, just bodies,” Corcoran said. “I’m telling you, I’ve lived a lot of life. I’m 60 years old. I’ve been in very dangerous situations. I’ve traveled the world and I thought we were going to die.”

The suspects fled the scene when they heard sirens approaching and officers were unable to locate possible suspects in the area, officials said.

Corcoran says he’s been coming to Kauai for decades and despite everything that’s happened, he will keep coming back.

The case remains under police investigation and anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 241-1711.

The suspects face charges relating to assault, harassment and criminal property damage.

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