(Sarasota, Fla.) - The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Bradenton man for the death of popular restaurant manager Taian "Andrew" Tian.
Detectives identified the three men who left the New Dynasty restaurant on July 14th without paying for their $35 meal. In speaking with two of them detectives learned that 20 year old Juan De Dios Rodriguez, of 2313 52nd Avenue East, threw the punch that knocked Tian to the ground and caused the serious head trauma that led to his death. Rodriguez is also the man that witnesses described as having a rosary tattoo on his hand. The other two men are considered witnesses in the case.
Rodriguez is a documented gang member with a violent history that includes several weapons charges. He was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon and charged with Manslaughter. He is being held in the Sarasota County Jail without bond.
"This crime is a senseless tragedy," said Sheriff Tom Knight. "It began with a bad decision to commit a ‘dine and dash’ prank and led to a far worse choice that resulted in the death of a much loved man. We are committed to making sure that Rodriguez is held responsible for his decisions and actions."