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Houston News: Teen suspect arrested in business owner’s shooting death

Posted on July 14, 2016 by Jesse Quackenbush

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A 17-year-old has been arrested in the murder of a small-business owner during a suspected robbery spree that stretched from southwest Houston to Missouri City.

The teenager is accused of killing Tri Minh Nguyen, 36, on March 29 at Wahoo’s Fish N Wings, Nguyen’s business was located at 12306 Fondren.

According to a Houston Police Department release, the juvenile was taken into custody on Monday.

The teen has not been identified. Because he was 16 at the time of the shooting, he has been referred to Harris County Juvenile Probation authorities on a capital murder charge, the release said.

A juvenile cannot face the death penalty, but a capital murder conviction brings an automatic life sentence with the possibility of parole after 40 years for juvenile offenders.

HPD had said Nguyen was shot during an attempted robbery and died at the scene.

The teenaged suspect is also believed to be linked to other robberies after the slaying, including one in April at Shipley Do-Nuts, 8802 Stella Link.

He’s also accused of robbing a Food Dollar store at 13210 South Post Oak, and the New China Restaurant at 6302 Texas 6 in Missouri City.

The suspect allegedly fled all four scenes in a gold-colored car. At the time of Nguyen’s death and the robberies, the suspect was described as wearing tan pants, a gray hoodie and distinctive light blue shoes.

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