Violent House of Pies robbery linked to murder just hours before

Police say the two men who robbed a Houston restaurant last week killed a man just hours before
March 10, 2014 6:57:00 PM PDT
Charges have been filed against a suspect in the violent robbery at a southwest Houston restaurant last week. Investigators believe the same suspect is also behind a murder the same day.

Marquis Davis, 19, is charged with capital murder and aggravated robbery. It started at about 8:30pm Thursday, when investigators say Davis was involved in the fatal shooting of Stanly Kumbanattel, 30, at an apartment complex in the 8500 block of the West Sam Houston Parkway. The victim was shot multiple times and his vehicle -- an Acura -- was stolen.

"I can't comprehend the situation," said his father, Babu Kumbanattel. "It's really sad. The only thing I know about my son, they wanted his car."

Family members say Stanly was driving home from school in Dallas when he stopped at the apartment complex to visit a friend where the alleged carjacking happened. He never made it home.

Then, later that evening, two men -- one of whom police say is Davis -- went into a busy House of Pies restaurant on Westheimer and Briar Ridge, firing shots into the roof of the restaurant and robbing customers.

"They then took ... that vehicle, which was an Acura, to the House of Pies and at the House of Pies committed an aggravated robbery where this defendant went in, demanded money, amongst other things, and fired his weapon," explained assistant district attorney Paul Fortenberry.

Police officers were able to arrest Davis shortly after the robbery, though they are still looking for a second suspect. It wasn't immediately clear that the robbery was linked to the murder just hours before.

As for Stanly's family, they said they came to America so their children could live the American dream. Born and raised in Houston, Stanly was, by all accounts, living a fulfilling life that tragically ended the day before his 31st birthday.

A veiwing for Kumbanattel has been scheduled for noon-3pm Tuesday at Knanaya Catholic Community Center, 2210 Staffordshire Rd. in Missouri City. The funeral will start at 4 pm Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery, 12800 Westheimer Rd. in Houston.

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