An employee at a Miami Beach restaurant was found dead outside her apartment after she repeatedly rebuffed sexual approaches from a colleague, according to sources.
Second-degree murder charges have been filed against Agustin Lucas Mariani, 20, for the fatal stabbing of Delfina Pan, 28, an Argentine woman who had refused to date him, according to the Miami Herald.
Police in Miami Beach claimed in a report issued Thursday that Pan’s neighbour and friend alleged Mariani showed up at his apartment on Monday night “uninvited and waited for the victim,” according to the police report.
According to officials, Mariani became upset when Pan returned home and demanded to talk to her inside her apartment, but Pan refused.
When he was confronted by police, he stabbed the victim “without provocation,” they said. The knife was allegedly stolen from the local eatery where the victim and the suspected culprit worked, according to reports.
According to the Miami Herald, Mariani then stabbed himself in the chest, resulting in a non-fatal wound. According to various sources, he was discovered laying on top of Pan outside her residence.
Mariani was charged with second-degree murder while he recovered from his self-inflicted wounds at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where Pan was pronounced dead.
According to Today in 24, the two worked at Kansas Bar & Grill, a Lincoln Road eatery, where Mariani kept to himself.
We had him as a co-worker. Nobody knew anything about the life of this unusual young man. A close friend of Pan’s informed the newspaper that the man showed up to work without saying hello to anyone.
Mariani was slated to work a double shift on Monday, but he also left work in the middle of his shift shortly after Pan, according to the Miami Herald.
According to the Herald, Mariani refused to make a statement to authorities, citing his right to remain quiet.
Friends of Pan’s told NBC6 that she aspired to be a fashion designer and lived with a childhood pal. After graduating from the University of Buenos Aires in 2016, Pan worked as a graphic designer in her own country before moving to the United States in 2017.
Friends say she relocated to the US two years ago.