Two men charged in Pfister Hotel chef's fatal stabbing

Posted at 5:57 PM, Sep 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-02 20:20:16-04

MILWAUKEE -- Two men have been officially charged in the stabbing death of a Pfister Hotel chef near Brady Street earlier this week.

According to the criminal complaint, 20-year-old Hussain F. Sami faces one count of first degree reckless homicide as a party to crime by use of a dangerous weapon, while 45-year-old Imed Chabbouh faces one count of aggravated battery as a party to a crime with substantial risk of great bodily harm.

If convicted, Sami faces up to 65 years in prison, while Chabbouh faces up to six years.

In a statement given to police, Sami said during his fight with Ostrom he became upset that  he was kicked in the groin, as well as the fact that Ostrom transitioned to fighting with Chabbouh instead of him. According to the complaint, that's when Sami pulled out a black Smith & Wesson folding knife and "began flailing back and forth" at Ostrom.

Ostrom was stabbed six times in total, according to the complaint: Three times in his sternum, once in his throat, once in the right hip/buttock area and once in the lower left back.

Ostrom's friend, Ayla Boyle, says he was trying to break up a fight outside the tavern at Arlington and Pulaski.

"I'm more angry than sad right now," said Boyle.  "It just sucks because so many people loved him so much, he didn't deserve any of that."

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