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Man, 20, kills restaurant manager over $35 meal

By Mason White 11:41 AM July 29, 2013
Taian “Andrew” Tian with his girlfriend 

By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) A restaurant manager was killed after three men refused to pay for their meal.

The three young men ate at a restaurant and decided not to pay their bill.

When the three finished eating, they left without paying their $35.31 tab at the New Dynasty Chinese Restaurant in Sarasota, Florida.

The restaurant manager, Taian “Andrew” Tian, 51, followed the men outside to ask them to pay for their order, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office. Instead of paying, one of the man punched Tian in his face. Then, they all fled from the scene. Sadly, Tian ended up paying with his life.

Tian moved from China to the United States eighteen years ago with his son, Beichen, who is now in college.
Tian was found by customers, wounded in the parking lot of the restaurant. He was taken to a hospital where he underwent surgery for a serious head injury. He died five days later.

According to police, Tian was knocked to the ground with one punch to the face. He hit the pavement, which left him with a severe injury to his head.
Investigators identified the three men as Juan de Dios Rodriguez, Bryan Lopez, and Fernando Rico.

Rico and Lopez, who are witnesses in the case, told investigators that they all fled the scene after Rodriguez, 20, threw a punch at the manager, knocking him to the pavement, the warrant said.

Marylou Anderson, who had dated Tian for the past two years, said: “many hearts were broken around the world over Tian’s death.”
Rodriguez was arrested and charged with manslaughter.