A native of Thailand, Pok moved to Bloomington in 1990, along with her daughter Soriya. She had been head chef at a San Francisco restaurant for many years.
On October 1st, 2008, she was found unconscious outside her Ft. Wayne restaurant with a head injury, and she remained in a rehabilitation hospital for the rest of her life. Her boyfriend, Gary Cushinberry, told police that Pok had caught the heel of her shoe in a crack in the sidewalk, fallen, and hit her head.
Many people suspected at the time that Cushinberry, who had a lengthy criminal record, had assaulted her, but he was never prosecuted.
Siam House was sold in September 2009. A warrant is still out for Cushinberry's arrest on an unrelated charge.
- Siam House restaurant owner in coma - Herald Times, October 10th, 2008 (Subscription required)
- Siam House Former Owner Dies Years After Mysterious Injury - Herald Times, August 5, 2013 (Subscription required)