Man Who Beat up Owner of East Broadway Restaurant Gets 2 Years on Assault Charges
It was almost a year ago that the owner of Carol’s Bun was viciously beaten outside his East Broadway restaurant. Now, Mr. Wong gets a bit of street justice.
Moises “Montress” Gomez, 34, was reportedly found guilty last month on charges of second-degree assault and first-degree attempted assault. Friday afternoon, judge Mark Dwyer sentenced the perp to two years jail time, with an additional three-year probationary period. Apparently, the probation is moot, though, as ICE reportedly initiated deportation proceedings upon completion of incarceration. Gomez had previously been deported for a different offense. Including time served behind bars the last eleven months, his sentence is at least another six months to a year.
In April 2016, Gomez had just arrived on a Chinatown bus from North Carolina when he entered the mom-and-pop establishment. Court testimony reveals that he was drunk (he allegedly drank a tequila shooter and four tall-boys), and sent directly to the restroom. Gomez then went to order food and was asked what he wanted by the owner’s wife, Ms. Leung. At which point, the perp began tapping the small buffet table pretty hard. When asked to leave, he got belligerent. Wong also asked him to go, and Gomez was infuriated. In the subsequent video, which was publicized across local media, he can be seen flipping the bird and punching the wall. The action that finally chased him out was Leung calling the cops. Wong followed him outside and flagged the traffic police for help.
That’s when he was attacked from behind. The rest is caught on said video. Gomez was arrested shortly thereafter.
Chinatown activist Karlin Chan is pleased with the conviction.
“I admire Mr. Wong and his wife Ms. Leung for standing up and facing their attacker in court,” Chan tells us in a statement. “Many Chinese would shy away from [doing this] given the language difficulty, but they were assured of language translation in court and followed through. I hope this outcome would encourage other Chinese or other immigrant victims to cooperate with law enforcement and prosecute.”