Police: 3 charged in fatal cellphone store robbery

Published On: Mar 01 2013 03:35:28 PM CST

Charges have been filed against three men arrested in the fatal shooting of a cellphone store owner during a robbery.

Hamid Warrich, 62, died on Feb. 19 after he was shot in the back at the Boost Mobile store on Telephone Road and Kinney, authorities said.

Brandon Toderick Johnson, 23, Johntay Gibson, 18, and Eric Eugene Washington, 20, have been charged with capital murder.

A woman and two children saw the shooting.

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, Waraich 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.

Investigators said the suspects used property stolen in the incident.  

Investigators said they're looking at other cases to see if the suspects were involved.


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