Man Arrested After Creating Disturbance at Red Lobster

The 31-year-old Plainsboro man allegedly assaulted his wife while dining at the Route 1 restaurant Tuesday.

A Plainsboro man allegedly became enraged and assaulted his wife – who was holding their 8-month-old son at the time – while the family was dining inside the Red Lobster restaurant Tuesday evening (May 17), according to police.

Numerous Lawrence Township police officers responded to the seafood eatery in the 3200 block of Brunswick Pike (Route 1) after authorities received calls about 7:30 p.m. about an unruly patron allegedly trying to harm his wife and another woman.

Officers quickly arrived and learned that the suspect, John Paul Soric, a 31-year-old resident of the 3300 block of Hunters Glen Drive in Plainsboro, had gotten into a verbal dispute with his 31-year-old wife while in the restaurant, according to Lt. Charles Edgar, police department spokesman.

Soric reportedly got up from his table and walked toward the bar. When his wife, carrying their child, followed and tried to talk to him, he allegedly yelled at her, tried to pull the boy out of her arms, and then finally grabbed her in “bear hug,” squeezing both her and the 8-month-old, Edgar said.

The woman, clearly in pain, tried to escape but was unable to break free from her husband’s grasp, Edgar said. Soric was described as being about 6 feet 6 inches tall and 300 pounds.

Other restaurant patrons, fearing for the safety of the woman and her young son, intervened, Edgar said. They released the woman and subdued Soric until police arrived, he said.

During the disturbance, Soric also allegedly “went after” another woman who was trying to assist his wife, but that woman eluded him and was not harmed, Edgar said.

He said Soric was arrested and charged with domestic violence/simple assault.

Sanriobaby May 21, 2011 at 12:58 PM
If this is how he behaves in PUBLIC, then I can't begin to imagine how he really treats his wife and child behind closed doors. Thankfully, the wife and baby weren't seriously hurt. Kudos to all the patrons and staffers who called the cops and intervined to subdue this jerk. In these times, it's an especially dangerous thing to do, and it's nice to know that there are some people who are still willing to do the right thing.
Damnskippy May 21, 2011 at 01:46 PM
People like this should be euthanized!
Joe Friday May 21, 2011 at 05:00 PM
The first mistake they made was going to Red Lobster, the lousy Frozen seafood probably agitated the kind, gentle giant of a husband.
Diane Peoples May 22, 2011 at 04:37 AM
6'6" and 300 lbs? OK I think that is why our police officers are heros. Who in their right mind wants to deal with an out of control monster like that. Kudos and thank you to Lawrenceville's finest. God Bless
jpbigdaddy312 February 22, 2012 at 07:34 AM
i love my wife and i love my child more than anything, i wanted to hold them because i was scared because of what 1 drink of alcohol did to me
Breann December 31, 2012 at 06:47 PM
He was on Facebook giving out contact info for his wife or ex-wife, and literally asking people to "text" (or harass) her. His child and the child's mother experiences this violent, explosive abuse in public...imagine what happened at home.


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