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Man fatally stabbed at P.F. Chang’s in Peabody

An employee of the P.F. Chang’s restaurant at the Northshore Mall in Peabody is charged with murder after allegedly stabbing a co-worker to death in the restaurant’s kitchen during the Saturday evening dinner rush, police said.

Jaquan Huston, 53, of Salem, allegedly stabbed his co-worker in the back, before fleeing from the Chinese restaurant Saturday at 6 p.m. When police arrived at the restaurant, they found the 38-year-old victim with a large wound in his back.

The man was pronounced dead at a hospital. He is not being identified at this time, said Carrie Kimball Monahan, a spokeswoman for the Essex County district attorney’s office.

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Investigators are “not speculating as to a motive,” Kimball Monahan said by phone.

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At a press conference Saturday night, Police Chief Thomas M. Griffin emphasized that the mall’s patrons should not be concerned for their safety.

“The two gentlemen knew each other and happened to be co-workers,” he said. “This had nothing to do with the mall.”

Griffin didn’t believe patrons knew about the stabbing. “I don’t think many people realized what happened,” he said. “It was in the kitchen area.”

Huston was stopped by Salem police and will be arraigned Monday.