Tonawanda News — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — Just a few weeks after he accused town police of racial profiling, restauranteur Jim Ying was back in town court Wednesday evening to plead not guilty to charges of second-degree strangulation and second-degree assault.
Ying, the owner of Ying's Wings and Things on Eggert Road in the Town of Tonawanda, was arrested after he allegedly attacked an employee at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday night at the restaurant, Capt. Joseph Carosi said.
An anonymous caller notified police of the incident.
"The victim was standing near the front counter of the business when Jim told him to do something," Carosi said. "The victim said, 'I can do it in a minute, or 'hang on, it can wait,' or something to that effect. It apparently made Jim very upset.'"
Ying reached around the 26-year-old victim from behind, putting him in a choke hold. The victim told police that he lost consciousness, and he landed on the floor, suffering a cut to the back of his head.
Carosi said seven other employees were in the restaurant at the time of the incident, but that none of them were able to provide any further information.
"They all said that they didn't see the altercation," Carosi said.
The victim was transported to Kenmore Mercy Hospital and the wound was stapled shut, Carosi said. The victim, who police are not identifying, was released after treatment. Ying was taken to the police department and charged with strangulation, a felony, and the assault charge, a misdemeanor.
He was held to see the judge Wednesday evening, and Justice Daniel Cavarello set $5,000 bail. Ying was transferred to the Erie County Holding Center and is set to be back in court on Monday for a felony hearing.
After the arraignment, an employee of Ying's said that he is planning to close the Tonawanda location.