NYC Restaurant Patron Assaulted Over Incorrect Change

A man was beaten and tased following an argument over being given incorrect change at a NYC Chinese restaurant, as reported by Grubstreet. Heirberto Chaves claims that as he walked into Hell’s Kitchen’s New Panda to pick up a pre-paid order, a homeless man asked him for a meal. The victim ordered a $2.75 meal and laid a five dollar bill on the counter. An argument ensued when he pointed out that the $1.25 he was given as change was incorrect, he claims. According to the victims statement, when he headed toward the door, restaurant owners Robert and Gary Zhang assaulted him, then chased him down 9th avenue. Two employees reportedly joined in the pursuit, but it is not clear as to whether they also assaulted the man, or whether charges have also been filed against them.
According to Shaygan Kheradpir, Chaves claimed that one of the brothers tased him. Port Authority police officer Katherine Acevedo arrested the two after witnessing the assault, which resulted in a burn to the back of Chaves’ neck and other injuries. They have been charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon, which carries a possible penalty of up to $1,000 and up to a year in jail. Electronic incapacitation devices are illegal to possess in New York, with the exception of police officers. There is no word yet as to when the offenders will face the charges in court.

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