Restaurant Owner Accused of Shooting at Customer’s Car

A squabble over a bill reportedly turns violent

By Alexandra Ward
|  Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012  |  Updated 12:14 PM EDT
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Restaurant Owner Accused of Shooting at Customer’s Car

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The owner of a Japanese steakhouse near Winter Park Village, Fla., allegedly fired shots at a customer's car (not the car shown in this file image) after a dispute over a bill.

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Two Florida men claim the owner of a local Japanese steakhouse chased them out of the restaurant and fired two gunshots at their car after they complained about their meal.

James Marshall Phillips and Destin McMahon said they were unhappy with the food at Wazzabi Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar in Winter Park Village, near Orlando. One of the men paid and the other did not, saying he would not pay for what he did not eat, WTSP reported.

Phillips and McMahon told the TV news station Wazzabi owner Quoc Trong Trang and a few staff members then chased them out of the restaurant, beat dents into their car and fired two shots. A single bullet struck the trunk of the car, but Phillips and McMahon were uninjured, WTSP said.

Police arrested and charged Tran with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and another employee with criminal mischief. Police said Tran told them he shot at the car because he feared the customers would run him over, according to WTSP. Phillips and McMahon were not charged with any crime.  

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