Unless the purported victim turns up dead or on vacation on a Caribbean isle, it looks like the Great Dumpling Incident of 2010 is officially over.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney will not file felony robbery and battery charges against former San Gabriel Albert Y.M. Huang following the bizarre late-night October occurrence at the New Taste Dumpling House in San Gabriel.
The woman who claimed the mayor had tried to snatch her purse and dragged her along the side of his vehicle as he drove off is out of the country, according to the Pasadena Star-News.
The paper got a hold of a D.A.'s report stating that the woman is not available, but her whereabouts were redacted by prosecutors. The Star-News:
“At this time we are unable to file this case due to the unavailability of the victim,” reads a charge evaluation work sheet filed by Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Steven E. Ipson.
“Supplemental report indicates that she is…and not scheduled to return to the United States until…,” a comment section of the document begins.
A D.A.'s spokeswoman said “privacy issues” inspired the office to cover up the public information.
The events of Oct. 15 kicked off when the woman, a friend of the mayor, allegedly hit him with a full steamer full of tasty xiao long bao during an outing at the eatery.
She then headed to the ATM and returned. In the parking lot he allegedly grabbed her purse and took off in his car with the woman still attached.
The next Tuesday Huang resigned after he was arrested on suspicion of felony robbery and assault.
The woman, identified as 33-year-old Lu Chen, owns a San Gabriel Valley massage parlor, according to the Star-News.
This story just gets tastier. Now where's dessert?