A man is suing the owners of the Bend’s Hong Kong Restaurant for allegedly over-serving two men who brutally beat him in the restaurant bar in 2017.
Paul Thompson Jr., of Bend, filed a $4 million negligence and personal injury complaint last week in Deschutes County Circuit Court alleging a Hong Kong bartender — Thompson’s on-again, off-again girlfriend — served two men long past the point of intoxication and riled them up enough that they attacked Thompson when he visited the bar later that day. Both men have already pleaded guilty to criminal charges stemming from the attack.
According to Thompson’s complaint, on April 2, 2017, bartender Katrina Hamilton was the only server on duty at the Hong Kong Restaurant’s attached bar, the Bamboo Room.
At about noon, Earl “Buzzy” Shone Jr. and Jason LaPollo sat at the bar and began drinking.
On a previous occasion, the two drank to excess at the bar and were kicked out by a different server.
For five hours, the two men drank beer, shots of liquor and mixed drinks, the complaint reads. As they drank, their server, Hamilton, complained about her boyfriend. The two men knew Thompson and mistakenly believed he’d once set Shone’s RV on fire, according to the lawsuit.
“At all times material, Earl William Shone Jr. and Jason LaPollo were noisy, disorderly and aggressive, particularly after they had become intoxicated and Katrina Hamilton continued to complain about Paul Thompson Jr.,” the complaint states.
At 5 p.m., Thompson ended his shift at a local restaurant and stopped at the Bamboo Room on his way home.
The complaint states Thompson didn’t consume any alcohol because he doesn’t drink.
He was eating a sandwich and talking to Hamilton when Shone and LaPollo approached him from behind and “sucker punched” him in the face, knocking him to the ground, where he was kicked and stomped repeatedly.
Thompson sustained serious injuries in the attack, including “extensive” skull fractures.
Shone, 30, and LaPollo, 30, were convicted for their roles in the beating.
Shone pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and was sentenced to four years in prison. He’s currently an inmate of Deer Ridge Correctional Institution in Madras. He was ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution.
LaPollo pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault and got 60 days in jail, plus two years probation and was ordered to pay $1,600 in restitution.
The pair made the news while their case was pending after police caught them attempting to catch a train to their home state of New Jersey.
Thompson’s recovery has required numerous surgeries, according to his attorney, Tim Williams. Thompson has an upcoming surgery to re-attach metal plates to his skull that “didn’t take,” Williams said.
“The plates are just kind of floating there,” Williams said.
Thompson’s injuries still affect him.
“Cognitively, there’s some lasting damage, but he’s doing a lot better than he was,” Williams said.
The corporation that owns Hong Kong Restaurant and the Bamboo Room has yet to be served.
A message left for the restaurant’s management was not returned.
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