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NYC Ruth’s Chris stabber Joan Thompson defended herself, the family claims

NYC Ruth's Chris stabber Joan Thompson defended herself, the family claims
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And Manhattan for me accused of stabbing a rowdy roommate at a Ruth’s Chris Steak House only defended herself, her family told the Post — calling her $40,000 bail “unfair.”

Joan Thompson, 31, told police she had “no recollection” of Friday night’s attack at West 51Section Locally where they are supposed to be stabbed a 24-year-old in the back and pierced his lung during an argument, prosecutors said in the night court on Saturday.

“It’s not even her fault,” Thompson’s father, Carlos Stapleton, said after her arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court.

“My daughter spoke to me about what happened … that she was eating at a restaurant and people started fighting with them,” said Stapleton, 84. “The man came over and held my daughter down and then the woman of the man will slap my daughter in the face. What should my daughter do now? Lying there?”

The later knife victim allegedly approached Joan Thompson and her cousin before attacking them.
The later knife victim allegedly approached Joan Thompson and her cousin before attacking them.
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Thompson, a Costco supervisor and mother of two sons, was arraigned before Judge Kevin McGrath, who ordered $40,000 bail at the request of Assistant District Attorney Samantha McCarthy.

“It’s very unfair,” Stapleton said of the bail. “Very unfair. That kind of bail isn’t even if it’s the girl’s fault. That means nowadays anyone can bother you and you can’t protect yourself — that’s what it sounds like. That’s it.”

Thompson and a cousin were eating at Ruth’s Chris on Friday night when a large group nearby got into an argument with restaurant staff over the bill, sources and prosecutors have claimed.

But something prompted members of the group to turn their attention to Thompson — possibly a comment that the group was being too loud, sources said. A woman from the larger group reportedly walked up to Thompson and told her, “You look like shit the way you dress.”

The eventual victim started throwing punches and hit Thompson’s cousin, a source previously told The Post.

Cellphone video of the attack obtained by investigators allegedly showed Thompson standing in a chair with a steak knife and screaming before making a stabbing motion toward the victim, prosecutors said in court Saturday night.

“I’m really upset about the whole situation. We were attacked,” Thompson’s cousin told the Post. “We ate. We were having a nice, quiet dinner and were attacked. It’s unfair.”

After the stabbing, the two ran out of the restaurant without paying. Thompson was arrested after 2 a.m. Saturday after police officers tracked her down using her name from the dinner reservation, prosecutors claimed.

Police arrested Thompson Saturday morning after obtaining her name from the restaurant's reservation list.
Police arrested Thompson Saturday morning after obtaining her name from the restaurant’s reservation list.
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When cops showed her video of her attack, she admitted it was her and said she got into an argument, “but claimed no recollection of the actual stabbing,” prosecutors claimed.

She was charged with assault and threats, but prosecutors said they could increase the charges after reviewing the victim’s medical records.

However, the victim, who was reached by phone on Saturday, told the Post: “I feel great.” declined to speak further say “I know you’re looking for a story, but I’m not going on the air.”

Thompson appeared in court in a black sweatshirt, black Adidas pants and blue Crocs. Her attorney Quincy Myers requested that she be released under supervision or on her own as she had no criminal record and was a working mother of two, 21 and 11.

But Judge Kevin McGrath granted the prosecution’s bail request because Thompson “left the scene after she allegedly stabbed someone,” he said.

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