Crime in Houston: Man surrenders, accused of killing gas station employee over a bag of chips

Houston: After killing a petrol station clerk over a bag of chips, according to Humble police, a 17-year-old has been charged with murder. The tragic incident took place at the Sunoco in Humble, off of I-59 close to the Eastex Motorway, on Friday.

Mario Young, 17, turned himself in to the police and made an appearance in court on Monday, where he was accused of murder. He’s currently being held on a $100,000 bail at the Harris County Jail.

According to the authorities, Young used to work part-time at Subway while attending Humble ISD high school. Young will incur adult fees. He’s never been in trouble before.

According to court records, the victim is Asif Maknojia, 42. He leaves behind a wife and small children, but is described by loved ones as a lovely man.

Surveillance footage from the Sunoco petrol station last Friday at around 11:30 a.m. shows Young and another adolescent entering the business. After a few minutes, one of them seems to have stolen a bag of chips, and the two leave.

Before getting into a grey automobile and pursuing the teenagers, the store clerk in a red jacket is seen addressing the shoplifters outdoors.

According to Humble police, the clerk was found dead after gunshots were fired at the automobile, and a manhunt for the perpetrators was then launched.

With assistance from local activist Quanell X, Young and another adolescent brought themselves in to authorities on Sunday to be questioned.

Quannell claimed that Young, who is claiming self-defense, contacted him.

“They did admit to me that they thought it was self-defense. According to Quannell, “They think the store clerk was armed, and he pulled his gun first.”

Despite turning himself up, according to Humble police, Young did not talk to detectives about the crime. Investigators said the second teen was questioned and then released without being charged.

Young’s next court date is set for Tuesday.

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