Popular restaurant manager on life support

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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 12:03 am | Updated: 8:32 pm, Tue Aug 20, 2013.

SARASOTA-- A popular restaurant manager who was brutally attacked by three men last Sunday night is in grave condition at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, according to his longtime girlfriend.

51-year-old Andrew Tian was assaulted by the men after he chased after them for not paying their bill at New Dynasty Chinese Buffet on Tamiami Trail. Tian was found on the ground, unconscious, around 9:30 that evening in a neighboring parking lot. He is currently on life support after sustaining major injuries to his head.

Tian's girlfriend, Marylou Anderson, spoke with ABC 7 on Tuesday night from her home, before returning to the hospital.

"They were cowards," said Anderson. "He was the kindest, most gentle man. He did things for people he didn't even know."

Anderson believes Tian would have even picked up the tab for the three men if they told him they didn't have any money.

"This morning, the doctor told me and his son that Andrew may not survive. There can always be a miracle. We are hoping and praying," Anderson said.

Even if he does survive, Anderson says he will never be the same again due to the the head trauma he suffered.

All three suspects are described as Hispanic males in their 20's. One of them has a pierced lip and eyebrow. Another has a rosary tattoo on his wrist and hand.

If anyone saw these men Sunday night in the area of New Dynasty, or you have any information on this senseless act, you are asked to call the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office or Crime Stoppers at (941) 366-TIPS. Crime Stoppers is offering a $1000 reward to anyone with information that can lead to an arrest.

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  • mom posted at 11:37 pm on Mon, Jul 22, 2013.

    mom Posts: 4

    I just want to know if there is a fund set up for him or his family. What can we do for him? We work in a restaurant close to there and we just want to do something!

  • lauraann posted at 10:46 am on Thu, Jul 18, 2013.

    lauraann Posts: 1

    Wow, who does that. I hope they find those douche bags.

  • Gina posted at 9:11 am on Thu, Jul 18, 2013.

    Gina Posts: 1

    I am appalled at this terrible crime! This man may not live because of thoughtless people who have no idea about consequences. How can this happen? Hope they catch the men who did this. Prayers for Andrew !!!

  • SarasotaFl posted at 8:10 pm on Wed, Jul 17, 2013.

    SarasotaFl Posts: 3

    Andrew was awesome guy! He was always so kind and happy, I knew him when he had the restaurant on Fruitvile, and would try to give him a tip on the carry out because i knew I was getting such a good deal, sometimes he refused,
    I hope you make it through this!

  • VickiInCostaRica posted at 2:49 pm on Wed, Jul 17, 2013.

    VickiInCostaRica Posts: 4

    This is VERY SAD. I hope they catch them & he recoups!!!

  • Barb Brown posted at 1:21 am on Wed, Jul 17, 2013.

    Barb Brown Posts: 3

    This is a terrible thing to happen. Sarasota is so safe and has such a hometown feel that something like this hurts very one of us. My heart is with his family!


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