BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Police say a sushi chef stabbed his co-worker when a misunderstanding turned violent in Fargo.
Lin Zhong was charged with felony aggravated assault for allegedly stabbing his fellow chef Sunday with a 12-inch sushi knife at Osaka Sushi and Hibachi. The injured chef suffered a nonfatal stab wound to his hip, police said.
Restaurant manager Jian Zhou told police there was apparently an argument between Zhong and a fellow chef behind the sushi bar.
The injured chef told police he had complimented Zhong on a plate of sushi he had just finished, but said that Zhong must have misinterpreted it because he became angry and approached him.
The injured chef said he pushed Zhong back, but that as he turned away Zhong stabbed him with the fillet knife.
Zhong told police the other chef had punched him near his kidney and that he had unintentionally stabbed him in the hip as he pushed the man away.
The two men, who are both from Flushing, N.Y., and live in the same apartment complex in Fargo, had been working at Osaka for less than a month.
The injured chef’s condition was not disclosed, but police said he didn’t appear to be in much pain Sunday.
Zhong was being held at the Cass County jail on Wednesday. His bail is set at $20,000. A spokeswoman for defense attorney Gordon Dexheimer declined comment.
Zhong faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
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