Florida bartender, 20, obsessed with 29-year-old South Beach restaurant co-worker ‘waited at her home and stabbed her to death with a chef’s knife before stabbing himself’ after she refused his advances
- Delfina Pan refused to date Agustin Lucas Mariani, so he allegedly fatally stabbed her to death before stabbing himself on Monday night
- Pan, 29, worked with Mariani, 20, at the Kansas Bar & Grill Restaurant on Lincoln Road in South Beach, Florida
- Detectives said he waited for her outside of her apartment building
- Pan was talking to a neighbor when Mariani used a knife from the restaurant to stab her before taking off his shirt and then stabbing himself in the chest
- Mariani is currently in hospital but faces a charge of second-degree murder
A Florida man who became obsessed with a female co-worker at a Florida restaurant is accused of her murder after she was found stabbed to death outside her home.
Delfina Pan, 29, had refused to date bartender 20-year-old Agustin Lucas Mariani after approaching her at the South Beach restaurant where they both worked.
He was so aggrieved by her continued rejection that he allegedly lie in wait with a chef’s knife on Monday night as she headed back to her apartment block following her shift at the Kansas Bar and Grill, stabbing her to death.
Mariani was so deranged during the attack that he then ripped off his own shirt and then decided to turn the knife on himself leaving him with stab wounds to his chest.
Delfina Pan, 29, pictured refused to date Agustin Lucas Mariani, so he allegedly fatally stabbed her to death before stabbing himself on Monday night
Pan, 29, worked with Agustin Lucas Mariani, 20, pictured, at the Kansas Bar & Grill Restaurant on Lincoln Road in South Beach, Florida
When officers arrived on scene they found Mariana covered in blood from a self-inflicted stab wound to the torso and was lying on top of Pan’s body, according to an arrest warrant seen by the Miami Herald.
Other co-workers have detailed how the bartender had made several attempts to strike up a romantic relationship with Pan but had always been rebuffed.
After speaking with friends and fellow restaurant workers the pair were on shifts with, it appears Mariani’s obsession with Pan had lasted for several months as he repeatedly declared his love for her.
On the day of her death, Pan finished earlier than normal at around 6:30pm. Mariani was down to work a double shift until 11:30pm but left the venue and followed her home reports WPLG.
Mariani could be seen on a stretcher following the alleged attack as he was wheeled into the ambulance
Police found a large chef’s knife at the scene that had come from the restaurant’s kitchen.
Mariani was identified in a police lineup by Pan’s neighbor who explained how he ‘arrived at the victim’s apartment, uninvited, and waited for’ her there.
When she arrived, Mariani asked to go insider her apartment to talk, but she refused.
At that point ‘he produced a knife and without being provoked began to stab the victim,’ the arrest report states.
Pan was pronounced dead after the pair were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Mariani is still in hospital recovering from his wound.
Pan, who was from Argentina, was an aspiring graphic designer. She had been living with a friend from back home, having moved to Miami Beach two years ago.
Friends told the Herald that Pan had always been gentle when turning down Mariani’s advances in case it enraged him.
‘He worked with us. A super strange boy and nobody knew anything about his life. He went to work and did not say hello to anyone,’ Pan’s friend told Zyri.
The pair both worked at the Kansas Bar & Grill on Lincoln Road in South Beach on Miami Beach