A lady accused of stabbing another diner at a Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Manhattan made bail — however she’s nonetheless “not feeling good” as a result of she believes she was solely defending herself, her father mentioned Thursday.
Joan Thompson, 41, was let go after posting $40,000 bail with assist from pals and coworkers at Costco on Sunday, based on her father and public data.
Thompson was launched two days after she allegedly stabbed a 24-year-old man in the back throughout an argument within the West 51st Street steakhouse, leaving him with a pierced lung.
“She’s not feeling good,” dad Carlos Stapleton, 84, informed The Post in a telephone interview. “Anybody wouldn’t. When you’re the sufferer, the way you going to be ok with one thing like that?”
Thompson is “actual upset, however she’s OK in any other case,” he mentioned. Thompson’s two teenage sons are additionally “upset” over your entire factor, Stapleton mentioned.
Stapleton had beforehand informed The Post his daughter was defending herself after the person attacked her and a cousin who she was eating with. The bail was unfair, he added.
“She’s by no means been in no hassle. That was very pointless,” Stapleton mentioned.
An argument broke out within the steak home between a big group and workers, when one rowdy buyer turned his consideration on Thompson. The man was able to hit Thompson when she stabbed him within the again with a steak knife, her father beforehand claimed.
The stabbing was caught on cellphone video, which was described by prosecutors in courtroom on Saturday. The video allegedly confirmed Thompson standing on a chair shouting and making a stabbing movement towards the sufferer, prosecutors mentioned.
After the assault, Thompson and her dinner companion fled the restaurant and ditched their invoice. Thompson was tracked down by way of the title on her reservation and arrested after 2 a.m. on Saturday, based on prosecutors.
No one answered the door at Thompson’s condominium on Thursday. Stapleton couldn’t say why his daughter ran from the scene.
“Why that was finished, I don’t know,” he mentioned. “I don’t know what came about for her to depart.”
Thompson was charged with assault and menacing, however prosecutors mentioned they may improve the fees after reviewing the sufferer’s medical data. In transient remarks over the telephone on Saturday, the sufferer mentioned he was “feeling nice” after the incident.