COLUMBIA, SC (The Daily Mail) – A chef caught on camera yanking the ponytail of a waitress who questioned him has been arrested.
Jiguang Yang, 68, was arrested and charged with third degree assault and battery on Friday in connection with the shocking incident, which happened last month at Red Bowl Asian Bistro in Columbia, South Carolina.
Yang, a Chinese citizen, is a chef at the Asian fusion restaurant, which his son owns.
‘The food was burnt, it was a kids meal,’ waitress Cristina Surina told WIS-TV, explaining how the dramatic incident began in the restaurant kitchen on April 19.
‘I didn’t feel like I should take out a child burnt chicken nuggets and fried shrimp. I asked the owner. He was in the kitchen at that time to remake it,’ Surina said.
‘I turned around to start pouring ketchup for the kids’ meal and when I was pouring ketchup, his dad came behind me and snatched my head down and I don’t know what happened after that.‘
Surina said that she had worked at the restaurant for over five years, using the income to support her children and make house payments.
She is now unemployed after coming forward to police about the incident, she said.
Yang is currently free on a personal recognizance bond of $2,125.
The aging chef now fears deportation, his lawyer told WIS.
‘This is a very serious charge,’ attorney Victor Li said.
‘What makes this worse is there is a lot at stake. His family has done very well in the community. We are very worried about deportation with the political climate.’