Jealous husband stabbed wife’s lover at Denny’s, authorities say

Francisco Legoretta

Daily Post Staff Writer

Filled with rage that his wife was having an affair with her Denny’s co-worker, a man stabbed his wife’s lover in the restaurant on Broadway in Redwood City, nearly killing him, a prosecutor said yesterday (July 17).

As the man was being carted off by paramedics, Francisco Legorreta, 35, of Redwood City, shouted “I hope he dies,” according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Legorreta and his 28-year-old wife had been having some problems leading up to the July 5 stabbing at the Denny’s, after he found out that she had a 22-year-old side dish.

At 6:18 p.m., Legorreta entered the Denny’s and demanded that he see his wife’s lover. Legorreta approached the man in the bathroom and stabbed him in the shoulder and back, puncturing a lung and a kidney, the DA said.

The manager ran into the bathroom and grabbed the knife from Legorreta, handed it to a waitress and called 911, Wagstaffe said.

After the knife was taken, Legorreta punched the man in the face, despite the fact that the man was passed out.
Before paramedics arrived, the man was spitting blood and having trouble breathing.

When police arrived, Legorreta, who had lots of blood on his clothes, was arrested as he attempted to leave the restaurant, Wagstaffe said.

Prior to the incident, Legorreta’s wife had gotten a restraining order against her husband following two incidents where police responded to their home, Wagstaffe said.

Legorreta and his wife have been married for 10 years and have three children together.

Legorreta was charged with attempted murder with a knife, and faces 15 years to life in prison. He is in jail on $5 million bail.