Video Catching Elder Abuser at UCI Town Center in Irvine Goes Viral

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"Hello, is this your mother?" Sam Wilson asks as he approaches a middle-aged Asian man in the UCI Town Center in Irvine at 2 o'clock in the morning, video camera in hand. The man is helping an elderly Asian women out of her wheelchair and into his Toyota Prius. Immediately upon hearing Wilson's question he spurts, "Is there an issue? Let me just get my camera." He leans into the car and grabs his camcorder. Wilson is already filming the encounter, and starts rattling off questions about the mysterious woman in the wheelchair who is quiet except for a few barely audible whines.

"Why are you exploiting her? This is elder abuse," Wilson says calmly. The man with the Prius immediately jumps from being defensive to being pretty damn angry and begins accusing Wilson of actually harassing the woman.

The reason Wilson is at the Town Center so late with his video camera in hand is because he decided to investigate what was really going on with this elderly woman. Supposedly her name is Cathy, and according to some Irvine area residents, she has been homeless and begging people for money since 2006. She didn't seem all that different from a lot of homeless people who hang around the same spots, asking for a quarter here or a dollar there. She appeared worn, a little smelly, pretty crazy, and stayed that way in the same spot every day.

However, in a conversation with a security guard at the Center, Wilson discovered that the woman was not actually homeless. Every night, he learned, she was picked up by a man appearing to be her son, and that the same man would always drop her off again the next morning. Wilson decided to confront the man, and posted his footage from it on YouTube in early December. This week, the video reached 50,000 people in just 14 hours. 

Wilson was not the first person to reveal Cathy's strange circumstance. In 2011, Thanh Truong Le, a UCI student, wrote a blog about his similar encounter with the Prius man. Le didn't have a video camera, but had a similar experience when he approached the man as he picked Cathy up late at night. Again, the man grabbed his video camera, except this time he went off about his father being poisoned due to some conspiracy, and said that he and Cathy were North Korean refugees.

As soon as Wilson's video began to spread though, people also started discussing Cathy on Reddit and sharing their stories. It's unclear at this point if the man is mentally unstable, a total jerk and taking advantage of his senile mother, or if they're both in on the con. In any case, if you know anything about this man please contact the Weekly at lphastings@ocweekly.com.



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kushibo
kushibo

Maybe I'm the odd man out here, but I thought the YouTube camera guy, Sam Wilson, was being kind of an a-hole. I'd react angrily, too, if someone pulled what he'd pulled on them. 


What evidence is there that some scam is going on except that the woman is in the same place every day. Even in Irvine, is that a crime? 


You know what, go to Asia (where the old woman is presumably from) and see that a lot of elderly people do exactly that kind of thing: they find a nice spot they like and they spend their days there. Talking with other people, feeding pigeons, watching kids go by. Maybe the man is busy and that's when he picks her up. 


If the man's situation is legit, I wouldn't exactly shed a tear if he does sue Wilson for harassment. 

Joel White
Joel White

That guy shops at my store in Irvine.

jennynguyen
jennynguyen

jomattoblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/crazy-cathy.html

SomeGuy
SomeGuy

When I hear that someone escaped the hell-hole of North Korea, I'd generally advise them to run their asses off. You're free! Go live the life you couldn't before!

Not this assbucket. Ship him back. He deserves whatever unspeakable tortures that fatty Kim Jong Un can think up for him.

Bill Martin
Bill Martin

its easy to find out about this prick he must live near this center second we have his licenceplate no so just look it up this fucker is a loser

Mayling Tate
Mayling Tate

Wow! Just wow!! Hopefully someone saner will intervene on her behalf and help this woman. But I would have told him my name was Mela Pelas, lol!!

Kit Hope
Kit Hope

I'm looking forward to learning more about this. Keep us posted.

Tom Slick Pearson
Tom Slick Pearson

Homeboy has serious issues... I hope someone gets the dirt on this douche, and soon! He's totally hustling her out.

Kanani Fong
Kanani Fong

I'm sure this guy is reading every thread written about him and his "mom." I wonder why someone didn't call the cops at 2AM, and why social services wasn't alerted.

Gina Aspaturian
Gina Aspaturian

what a freak. I had a crazy lady at my property with a recorder, i asked her to leave and she did the same thing to me.

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