Man captured, arrested for murder of gas station owner in NW Houston


HOUSTON – The man wanted for the murder of a Houston gas station owner has been arrested in East Texas, according to US Marshals.

Nadonte Pugh, 19, was arrested Monday by the Midland Police Department.

A warrant was issued for Pugh on March 15 after police said he robbed a store and shot and killed the owner during a robbery in northwest Houston on March 12. He is being charged with capital murder.

The robbery happened around 8:20 p.m. at a RaceWay gas station in the 8500 block of FM 1960.

Police identified the victim as 51-year-old Zia Siddiqui.

Police said Pugh was wearing a red cap entered the store and looked around for a few minutes before going to the register, where he placed a soda on the counter. Investigators said Pugh pulled a gun and pointed it at an employee.

When Pugh demanded money, the employee ran to the kitchen, which was connected to Siddiqui's office, investigators said.

According to police, Siddiqui held a gun in his hand while the two tried to push the door close. Police said Pugh forced himself into the doorway, eventually making his way into the office, where he started shooting. Siddiqui collapsed on the ground and died at the scene.

The store clerk was not injured.