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Cops: Customers skipping out on bill attack restaurant manager

Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota County Sheriff's detectives are investigating the circumstances leading up to the discovery of a restaurant manager with severe head trauma Sunday night.

Deputies were called to New Dynasty Chinese Buffet, in the 6100 block of South Tamiami Trail around 9:38 p.m., after customers found 51-year-old Tain "Andrew" Tian lying unconscious in the driveway of a nearby business.

Employees and witnesses told deputies the manager followed after three male customers who left the restaurant without paying for dinner. They heard tires squeal a short time later, but did not find Tian for some time and didn't know how he was injured. Tian was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he underwent surgery for his injuries.

The suspects are described as three Hispanic males in their 20's with short hair, between 5'8" and 6' tall, and 210 to 250 pounds. One has a pierced lip and eyebrow, and another has a distinct rosary tattoo on his wrist and hand.

Around 3 p.m. Monday, Crime Stoppers of Sarasota announced it is offering $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Criminal Investigations at 941-861-4900 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477), or online atwww.sarasotacrimestoppers.com or via text message by texting TIP109 plus a message to CRIMES (274637).