Man claims he was hit in the face with plate, held captive at party

David Yates Oct. 28, 2010, 7:55am

Claiming he was hit in the face with a plate and then held captive while attending a wild New Year's party, Chin Van Dang has filed suit against Richard and Steven Nguyen.

The suit was filed Oct. 26 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the suit, on Feb. 26 Dang attended a party at the Nederland home of Richard Nguyen. The party was held in celebration of the Asian New Year's and Richard Nguyen's birthday. Other guests in attendance included Richard's brother, Steven, and the Rev. Duc Duong, priest and proctor of St. Catherine's Catholic Church.

Allegedly, after consuming several alcoholic drinks, Steven Nguyen began yelling at Dang while waving a dinner plate, which flew out of his hand and struck Dang in the face. The suit states Dang began to bleed and momentarily lost consciousness.

"For some reason, possibly because of intoxication, Richard told everyone present to not call 911 or an ambulance," the suit states. "Father Duong also convinced everyone not to call 911, apparently for fear of police involvement."

The defendants also would not allow Dang to seek medical treatment, the suit alleges.

Several hours after allegedly being held captive, Dang was finally allowed to leave and go to the hospital, court papers say.

Dang accuses Richard Nguyen of negligently serving alcohol to his guests and failing to supervise them. He also accuses Steven Nguyen of negligently "becoming intoxicated and allowing the plate to leave his grasp."

Dang is suing for past and future mental anguish, pain, medical expenses and lost wages.

Beaumont attorney Hart Green of Weller, Green, Toups & Terrell is representing him.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. E188-686

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