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CRIME BLOTTER Sheriff Tom Knight announced the arrest of a Bradenton man for the death of Andrew Tian in a press conference on July 24. (Inset) Juan De Deios Rodriguez/Contributed photo BRADENTON MAN CHARGED IN RESTAURANT OWNER'S DEATH The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has charged a known gang member from Bradenton in connection with the death of popular restaurant manager Taian "Andrew" Tian, Sheriff Tom Knight announced on July 24. port notes. The other two men are considered witnesses in the case, Knight said during a press conference. Rodriguez struck Tian because Rodriguez "did not want to pay a $35.31 bill at the restaurant," As a result of witness statements and inves- Knight added. tigative work, a Sheriff's Office report says, "Rodriguez is a documented gang member detectives were able to identify the three men with a violent history that includes several who left the New Dynasty restaurant on July weapons charges," the news release points 14 without paying for their $35 meal. In speakout. However, Knight made the point during ing with two of the men, the report continues, the press conference that the incident at the detectives learned that Juan De Dios Rodrirestaurant was not considered gang-related. guez, 20, of 2313 52nd Avenue East in Bradenton, "threw the punch that knocked Tian to Rodriguez was taken into custody on July 23 the ground and caused the serious head trau- and charged with Manslaughter. He is being ma that led to his death," a news release adds. held in the Sarasota County Jail without bond. Rodriguez is also the man witnesses described Knight thanked the Manatee County Sheriff's Ofas having a Rosary tattoo on his hand, the re- fice for its assistance in making the arrest possible.

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