A woman accused of killing a Lower Nob Hill pizzeria employee in an apparently random attack Tuesday will be arraigned next week for murder.
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.
The murder charge carries an enhancement for using a dangerous or deadly weapon, a knife, in the commission of the crime. The defendant is also charged with an enhancement for having served a prior term in State Prison. The maximum sentence is 27 years to life in state prison, according to the district attorney’s office. Achekzai was on parole for a violent crime three years ago.
Investigators believe the two had no previous contact, Williams said. The woman had entered the pizzeria only minutes earlier to ask for a glass of water.
Achekzai’s arraignment is scheduled for Monday morning at the Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant St.