By Isaac Ray
An argument between two coworkers at a restaurant led to one’s hospitalization and the arrest of another.
On March 4, Coral Springs Police responded to the Mainland China Bistro located at 2445 North University Drive about an alleged battery that left a woman in need of emergency medical attention.
Officers were greeted by a man, later identified as Jie Xu, 48, of Weston, a suspect in the case who said that he and a female co-worker were arguing in the dining room and took it to the kitchen to settle, away from customers.
Xu said when the two entered the kitchen, the victim grabbed a pot of hot water and charged him. He told police he pushed the victim to the ground in self-defense, causing her to slip on the kitchen floor and, apparently, badly injuring her leg.
In an interview with police, the victim complained of an injured leg and requested to be taken to Broward Health Coral Springs. Officers continued to interview her as she was transported to the hospital.
She told officers she and Xu did get into an argument, but she was not the aggressor. She also claimed to have asked someone to call 911 after falling, but that Xu refused to allow the call to happen; however, the victim said she used her cellphone anyway.
Officers reviewed surveillance footage which showed Xu yelling at the victim and pointing fingers at her while she was holding a plastic bucket of water. Xu, at one point, pushed the victim, who falls over a metal table.
After interviewing witnesses and reviewing the footage, police arrested Xu and transported him to the Broward County Main Jail. He later posted a $1,000 bond and was released.
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