Joan Thompson, a regular customer at the Manhattan Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse on West 51st Street was arrested after she stabbed a man she had a physical altercation with inside the restaurant Friday night.
According to police, a large party complained to the hostess about a bill at the expensive steakhouse.
That dispute got loud and other diners began chiming in. One of those diners was Thompson who was seated nearby. After a person at Thompson’s table made a comment, a brawl broke out. Thompson and another woman began fighting.
A man who was with the complaining party began attacking and punching Thompson and her dinner partner.
While being assaulted, she allegedly picked up a steak knife and stabbed the man in the back. She then fled the restaurant without paying her bill.
She was later arrested at around 2 am. She was charged with assault and menacing.