Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pi Kitchen Manager Brutally Beaten Outside McKinley Heights Jack in the Box

Posted By on Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 4:21 PM

The Jack in the Box restaurant in McKinley Heights - IAN FROEB
  • Ian Froeb
  • The Jack in the Box restaurant in McKinley Heights
Ali Aziz, the 31-year-old kitchen manager at the Kirkwood location of Pi pizzeria, was brutally beaten early Sunday morning in the parking lot of the Jack in the Box restaurant at 1807 Gravois Avenue in the city's McKinley Heights neighborhood.

Details remain sketchy, but Pi owner Chris Sommers says that from what he has been able to determine, Aziz went through the restaurant's drive-thru lane and then got into an argument with at least some of his assailants (of whom there may have been as many as eight). The subject of that argument is unclear, as is the question of whether Aziz left his car voluntarily or was forcibly removed from it.

Sommers says that a surveillance video of the incident exists and that he expects to view the tape soon.

Aziz is at Saint Louis University Hospital.

"He's still unconscious," Sommers says. "He's making some movements. They're not necessarily good [movements]. It causes his blood pressure to rise. He's not doing well."

Aziz has health insurance through Pi, but Sommers and business partner Frank Uible are accepting donations to help with medical costs and to support Aziz's children during his recovery. Click here for more information.

Check back soon for more updates.

Correction: The original post stated Aziz's age as 29. He is 31.

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