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Fuji Japanese Steakhouse chef facing felony assault charges following incident at restaurant

Updated: Feb 22

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report on Friday, February 14th, 2020, at approximately 10:45 AM, officers responded to 1321 West Walnut Avenue the Fuji Japanese Steakhouse, in reference to a disturbance in progress. An officer arrived on scene and went inside the restaurant and made contact with a male victim (employee) who advised the main chef, later identified as Donny Tan Truong, 37, of Dalton, assaulted him. Truong said he had an altercation with the victims. Truong advised there was a staff meeting taking place when the argument occurred. Truong stated that the victim was making comments toward him, which upset him. Truong stated he then threw kitchen stuff at the victim. Truong advised that victims began to get closer to him and attempted to hit him. Truong stated he then picked up the steak knife in self-defense. One of the victims said the manager was holding a staff meeting to discuss verbal harassment. The victim said Truong, as well as other cooks, had been making inappropriate comments towards a female employee. The victim said when he began to confront Truong, the argument escalated, and Truong threw approximately 20lbs of meat at him, and it hit him. The victim then told officers Truong picked up a steak knife and was pointing it towards him in a threatening manner. The victim never attempted to hit Truong according to the report. Another victim said he thought Truong was going to try and "Shank" him with the sharp object. According to the report all witness statements corroborate the victims' statements. Officers then watched the security footage of the incident. Officers observed Truong throw meat at the victim. They then observed Truong pick up the knife and continue to move it while appearing to be hostile. The officers observed the argument seem to escalate. They then observed Truong grab a shiny object and approach one of the victims aggressively. Truong was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with two counts aggravated assault, two counts of simple battery, simple assault, possession of a knife during the commission of a felony crime, and reckless conduct endangering the safety of another.