PEABODY (CBS) — A P.F. Chang’s chef is facing a murder charge after allegedly stabbing his co-worker to death at the Northshore Mall in Peabody on Saturday.
Sources told WBZ-TV that a chef stabbed another chef inside the P.F. Chang’s kitchen shortly after 5:30 p.m, just as the dinner rush was getting started.
Jaquan Huston, 23, is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of 38-year-old Elivelton Dias, of Salem.
Dias was taken to Salem Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“I don’t believe many people realize what had happened because it was in the kitchen area of the restaurant,” Peabody Police Chief Thomas Griffin said
Police say Huston fled on foot after the stabbing, and was later arrested at his Salem home.
“Tonight we lost an employee in a tragic incident at our Peabody restaurant. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our colleague,” P.F. Chang’s said in a statement. We will be mobilizing support to provide care to our colleague’s family, as well as our fellow employees, during this difficult time. We are also cooperating with local law enforcement as they conduct their investigation.”
Huston will be arraigned in Peabody District Court on Monday.
The Essex County District Attorney’s Office is overseeing the investigation.
In Revere last weekend, a Chinese restaurant chef was arrested after allegedly stabbing a female co-worker in an unprovoked attack.