Police have arrested a man charged with murdering a service station clerk Wednesday night in southwest Houston.
Tony Mayfield, 26, of Houston, is charged with capital murder in the killing, which happened at a Chevron station in the 11300 block of Fondren near W. Bellfort about 9 p.m..
The name of the victim, 45, has not been released.
The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences is scheduled to perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Police said Mayfield walked into the Chevron station and asked the clerk for help with a lotto ticket.
The clerk walked with Mayfield to an area near the restrooms, where Mayfield attacked the man, police said. Police said Mayfield killed the clerk inside the men’s restroom.
He then stole an undetermined amount of money from the cash register and left.
Police were alerted to the station when a witness flagged down an officer nearby on Fondren and said a suspicious person was in the station.
When the officer arrived, another witness said a man had been seen walking away from the station on Fondren and described the man and the clothes he was wearing.
The officer found a man fitting the description at a nearby tire store on Fondren. He brought the man back to the station and the witness identified him. He was taken into custody. The man had a large amount of cash, but police declined to disclose how much money he had.
Police said no one who may have seen or heard the killing has come forward to speak to investigators.