2 men charged in cellphone store slaying

Woman, children witnessed shooting

Published On: Feb 22 2013 06:52:56 PM CST
HOUSTON -

Two men have been charged with murder in the death of a southeast Houston cellphone store owner.

Brandon Johnson and Johntay Gibson have both been charged with capital murder.

A woman and two children saw the fatal shooting at the Boost Mobile store on Telephone Road and Kinney about 4:40 p.m. Monday.

Investigators said two men wearing ski masks stormed into the store. While one served as lookout, the other with the gun forced everyone inside on the floor, police said. As the man was stealing money from the cash register, the store's owner, Hamid Waraich, 53, reached to push the button on a silent alarm. That's when the suspect shot Waraich in the back, investigators said.

Paramedics rushed Waraich to Memorial Hermann Hospital, but he died from his wound.

Police said the two men ran to a dark grey, four-door Pontiac with paper license plates where a getaway driver was waiting. Investigators said they took off their ski masks as they left the store and left behind fingerprints.

It's also believed that the trio robbed a used car dealership on Almeda Genoa Road, which is about three miles from the mobile store, about 25 minutes before the fatal robbery.

Johnson and Gibson are being held in jail without bond.