Su Wen, owner and chef at Shogun Sushi in Albany, is slowly recovering after a brutal attack outside his restaurant. Wen, who was in a coma for nearly two weeks, is now experiencing increasing periods of consciousness, according to Ray Ren, a manager at the restaurant.

On May 29, a customer allegedly tried to skip out on a $425 bill, leading to a violent confrontation. Security footage captured Wen and his employees trying to stop the customer, who then assaulted them. Wen received the worst injuries, resulting in a head injury that left him unconscious. He was rushed to a hospital where doctors had to remove part of his skull temporarily. A GoFundMe organized by a neighboring tavern owner has raised over $13,000 for his medical expenses.

Police arrested Lucas Healey, 42, of Albany, charging him with first-degree robbery as a hate crime, third-degree assault, theft of services, and drug possession. Attempts to contact Healey’s public defender and family were unsuccessful.

Ren reported that Wen has been moved from the ICU to general care and is “out of danger,” though he remains mostly bedridden and reliant on nutrient solutions. Wen’s wife had to quit her job to care for him full-time.

“This whole thing is sickening,” said Chris Pratt, the GoFundMe organizer. “All I know is that this could’ve been one of my employees.”