Nob Hill pizzeria employee stabbed to death

A pizza maker at a Lower Nob Hill pizzeria was stabbed to death early Tuesday morning, and police have arrested a woman who apparently made contact with the man just minutes earlier when she came in asking for water.

The stabbing happened in the 900 block of Sutter Street shortly after 1:30 a.m., according to police spokesman Sgt. Wilfred Williams. Police said Maryam Achekzai, 25, attacked the employee outside Bellissimo Pizza after he left the restaurant for a break. Friends identified him as 38-year-old Tunisian immigrant Lassaad Bokri.

After the attack, Achekzai ran away from the scene as witnesses followed, Williams said. She flagged down a passing motorist and asked for a ride, telling the driver she was being threatened.

Bokri was pronounced dead at San Francisco General Hospital.

Co-workers and friends sitting at a cafe next to the closed pizzeria described Bokri as a peaceful man. They said that when Achekzai asked for the water, Bokri was in the back making pizza.

Investigators believe the two had no previous contact, Williams said. This is the 44th homicide in The City this year.

Achekzai was on parole for a violent crime three years ago. She and a 25-year-old man were arrested in September 2006 in connection with a robbery outside an Albertsons grocery store in Fremont. Achekzai tried to grab a purse from a woman who was ­loading groceries into her car. When the woman fought back, Achekzai punched the victim several times in the face.

A second suspect, Manuel Perez, got out of the vehicle and pulled the woman to the ground by her hair and then took her purse. Achekzai and Perez fled in a stolen Honda and eventually ended up in a car chase with Fremont police.

Achekzai was sentenced to three years in prison, but she was released early on parole.

bbegin@sfexaminer.com
 

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