TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: ACTING PROSECUTOR DENNIS CALO
DATE: JANUARY 29, 2019
Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of YOUNG HWAN CHOI (DOB: 09/30/1946; married; owner of Shil La Barber Shop located at 336 Broad Avenue, Palisades Park, NJ) of 139 James Street, Rochelle Park, NJ on charges of Aggravated Assault and Unlicensed Practice Of Medicine And Surgery. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Palisades Park Police Department under the direction of Chief Mark Jackson.
In January 2019, the Palisades Park Police Department received a complaint from a victim alleging that Young Hwan CHOI performed a laser treatment on her face in November 2017. The surgery caused significant bodily injury including scars, which were visible on the victim’s face and chin.
As a result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Financial Crimes Unit and the Palisades Park Police Department, it was determined that Young Hwan CHOI is not a doctor and is not licensed to practice medicine and/or surgery. On January 25, 2019, CHOI was arrested in Rochelle Park and charged with one count of Aggravated Assault, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1B(7), a 3rd degree crime, and one count of Unlicensed Practice Of Medicine And Surgery, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:21-20A, also a 3rd degree crime. He is scheduled for a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.
This investigation is ongoing, and any individuals who suffered injury as a result of laser treatment by Young Hwan CHOI are urged to contact the Palisades Park Police Department to report the incident.
Acting Prosecutor Calo states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and would like to thank the Palisades Park Police Department for its assistance with this investigation.