Detectives: Suspects chatted with cafe owner before fatally shooting him

Authorities need help identifying two suspects who shot and killed a cafe owner at strip mall in northwest Harris County Friday afternoon.

February 9, 2013 1:28:04 PM PST
Detectives are still searching for two men who fatally shot a cafe owner during an attempted robbery in north Harris County, and now they're asking the public for any information that could lead to their whereabouts.

The shooting happened around 2:30pm Friday at a cafe at a strip center in the 8200 block of Antoine.

Detectives say the two suspects walked in to the cafe and chatted with the owner and two other patrons in the cafe for more than 30 minutes. As they began to walk out, one of them pulled out a gun and demanded cash from the owner. The owner, who was also armed, pulled out his gun and a shootout ensued.

The owner died at the scene, but authorities believe he shot and injured one of the suspects before they fled the scene. One witness said the men drove away in a chocolate-brown Toyota Camry with faded tinted windows that had been parked behind the strip center.

Detectives say the suspect speak with a distinctive Northern Vietnamese accent.

The first suspect described as about 5 feet 7 inches tall, thin build with a mustache. First suspect was wearing a dark colored hoodie style jacket, with tan pants. The second suspect about 5 feet 6 inches tall, medium build, bald or close cropped hair, wearing a baseball hat and sunglasses. He also had a thick padded ski jacket on.

Any one with information are asked to contact the Harris County Sheriff's Homicide Unit at 713 967-5810 or Crime Stoppers at 713 222-TIPS.

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