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Video shows Midlands restaurant employee pulled by her hair

An image taken from surveillance video at Red Bowl Asian Bistro at the Village at Sandhill. (Source: Cristina Surina) An image taken from surveillance video at Red Bowl Asian Bistro at the Village at Sandhill. (Source: Cristina Surina)
Jiguang Yang (Source: Richland County Sheriff's Department) Jiguang Yang (Source: Richland County Sheriff's Department)
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

An employee of a popular restaurant at the Village at Sandhill is facing charges after authorities say he grabbed a server by her hair and pulled her to the ground. 

The April 19 incident at Red Bowl Asian Bistro was recorded on surveillance video. 

Jiguang Yang, 68, was arrested and charged with third-degree assault and battery on Friday. Yang, according to the Richland County Sheriff's Department, is the father of the owner of the restaurant.

In the video captured on a camera in the kitchen, Yang can be seen pulling employee Cristina Surina’s hair and pulling her down. That surveillance video, according to authorities, played a piece in the investigation.

Surina said she was then fired from her job after working at that location for nearly 5 years. According to her, the incident happened over the quality of a meal that was about to go out to a customer.

"The food was burnt, it was a kids meal," Surina said. "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.”

"After that, everything come down," 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."

Yang was granted a personal recognizance bond of $2,125 on Friday afternoon. 

Yang's attorney, Victor Li, said his client is taking the case very seriously. Yang is Chinese and his citizenship in the United States is uncertain right now.

"This is a very serious charge," Li said. "We know that. 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."

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