While Police continue their investigation intyo an alleged assault by Hilo native and former UFC champion BJ Penn (whose given name is Jay Dee Penn), today MPD released the mug shot taken the night of his arrest. It shows that the victim in the incident got in at least one punch.
Last Saturday night at about 10:58 p.m., Jay Dee PENN was arrested for Assault. PENN was later released pending further investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division. This is a photograph of PENN at the time of his arrest.
The arrest at his hotel – the Kea Lani Resort – came about an hour after a scuffle outside Kahale’s Beach Club in Kihei. According to sources quoted by Hawaii News Now, an acquaintance of Penn, Kuuipo Mokiao, was the victim. Initially, Mokiao says he was trying to prevent Penn from fighting with customers at Kahale’s. Then, the report says, Penn challenged Mokiao to a fight. Once outside, Mokiao says Penn abruptly punched him in the face, then kneed him in the forehead. The latter impact fractured Mokiao’s left eye socket.
While Mokiao was transported to the Emergency Room at Maui Memorial Medical Center, Penn returned to the Kea Lani, where he was arrested about an hour later, charged with assault in the second degree.