SFPD arrests two for parking space killing

San Francisco police arrested two men Friday after they were indicted for manslaughter in the stabbing death of a man who was killed in a fight over a parking space last year.

Police arrested Roeung Chhith, 21, of San Francisco and Vansok Chil, 27, of Oakland, late Friday night, the department announced in a statement Monday. The two men are charged in connection with the death of Boris Albinder, 19, just after midnight on Sept. 16, 2006.

Police reported that the suspects, who were in a van, confronted Albinder’s friend, who was holding a parking place for him in front of a club on Geary Boulevard near Third Avenue. They allegedly hit Albinder’s friend with the van, then started fighting with him on the street. When Albinder arrived, he joined the fight and was stabbed, police reported.

But Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who is representing one of two suspects already in custody, said witness accounts given during a preliminary hearing refute that scenario. Adachi said a witness for the prosecution testified that the fight was over when one of the men from the van suddenly lunged and stabbed Albinder, a Pacifica man.

Police arrested the alleged driver, Pounloeu Chea, 25, on the day of the incident, and the alleged stabber, Serith Soun, 25, on Dec. 15, 2006. Adachi is representing Chea, who is accused of driving the van. Both men are charged with murder.

“According to the evidence at the preliminary hearing, my client nudged one man with his car during an argument over a parking space,” Adachi said. That man, identified as Igor Litvak, was involved in the fight but was not hurt, Adachi said.

The grand jury indicted Chhith and Chil on June 19, according to police and prosecutors. Police stated that the men are the final two suspects in the case.

amartin@examiner.com

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