Charges filed for 2 men involved in fatal stabbing of Pfister Hotel chef

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MILWAUKEE — Two men have been charged in connection to the stabbing death of 32-year-old Shawn Ostrom. Ostrom was murdered early Monday, August 29th on Milwaukee’s lower east side following an argument.

According to a criminal complaint, 20-year-old Hussain Sami of Greenfield, has been charged with first degree reckless homicide — and 45-year-old Imed Chabbouh of Milwaukee, has been charged with aggravated battery in connection to the stabbing.

Hussain Sami and Imed Chabbouh

Hussain Sami and Imed Chabbouh

Police say it appears an argument led to the stabbing near Pulaski Street and Arlington Place around 12:45 a.m.

According to a criminal complaint, 20-year-old Sami told officials both he and Chabbouh were drinking at Thurman’s 15 bar located on Arlington Place, when the two walked outside to smoke cigarettes.

Officials say while standing outside, Sami told officials he heard a “smack sound” and observed Chabbouh’s head moving as if he had been punched. Sami said he then observed Ostrom running away.

Fatal stabbing on lower east side

Fatal stabbing on lower east side

In the criminal complaint, Sami told authorities he started chasing Ostrom and eventually caught up with him in the middle of the street.

Sami stated to police Ostrom stopped and kicked him in the stomach, at which point Sami trapped his legs and took Ostrom down to the ground and the two began fighting.

According to the criminal complaint, Chabbouh caught up with the two fighting and began punching Ostrom.

Sami stated to officials that he started to get angry so he pulled out a black Smith & Wesson folding knife and began “flailing back and forth” at Ostrom.

Pulaski Street and Arlington Place

Pulaski Street and Arlington Place

In the criminal complaint, Sami told authorities he felt the knife cut into the victim about four times — although he does not believe he did any stabbing motions.

Ostrom was able to run from the scene and attempted to hide between two vehicles.

According to the criminal complaint, Sami and Chabbouh then left the scene and drove to the Walgreens located on Brady Street to buy cigarettes.

Fatal stabbing near Arlington & Pulaski in Milwaukee

Fatal stabbing near Arlington & Pulaski in Milwaukee

The two were later arrested in connection to the stabbing — and police recovered the knife inside their car.

20-year-old Hussain Sami is facing a first degree reckless homicide charge — a Class B felony.

45-year-old Imed Chabbouh is facing an aggravated battery charge — a Class H felony.

The victim, 32-year-old Shawn Ostrom. served as a chef at the Pfister Hotel.

A hotel spokeswoman said in a statement:

“We have lost one of our respected colleagues and work family members.  Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”

6 comments

  • Opinion8d

    Yeah, not buying Sami’s story. Rather convenient he and his buddy had time to come up with a story -unlike the dead guy who can’t share his story! Just senseless!!! Very sad! Hopefully there are witnesses -based on the charges I’m guessing there are!

    • mike

      I COULDNT AGREE WITH YOU MORE BOSS,EVERYTHING HAS TO BE DONE WITH A GUN OR A WEAPON WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO JUST A PLAIN OLD ASS WHIPPING AND WHO EVER LOSES GIVES UP.AND JUST LAYS THERE.YOU KNOW WHEN YOU WON THE FIGHT.WHEN THERES NOTHING LEFT IN EACH OTHER.NAMES SOUND LIKE TERROR NAMES TO ME.GOD BLESS TO THE FAMILY WISH YOU THE BEST.HOPE THEY GET A STIFF SENTANCE FOR THIS EVIL ACT.

  • Rawlings

    I know Shawn (who is the deceased). Shawn was attempting to help a friend who was dating the older scum. The scum bag raghead liked to knock the girl around. So Shawn was defending a female who was involved in a dating relationship with the older scumbucket. Shawn is a highly regarded man in his community. He would assist someone in need, (like the girl being abused), not go around starting a barrrom brawl.

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