Store robbery shocks and devastates community

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
A robbery turned deadly when robbers shot and killed a store owner. Now, the community is remembering Tim

Police are pursuing capital murder charges against the three people picked up on 15th street.

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (KRIS) - A robbery turned deadly when robbers shot and killed a store owner. Now, the community is remembering Tim's Market owner Ben Mustafa as a friendly, giving man.

From police who stopped in to grab a drink on shift, to neighbors who frequently went there to cash checks, even people Mustafa hired to do odds and ends jobs and people in our own newsroom all describe Ben Mustafa as a very nice family man. His death came as a shock.

Mustafa, a hard working family man, working in his shop today, said two masked men stormed in to rob the place, and left after shooting him.

Mustafa's daughter is one witness who saw it, police say they interviewed several witnesses.

Some described a red four door car as the get away car. Police found a car fitting that description not far away, at a home on 15th Street.

They took two men into custody and blocked off the home with crime scene tape. They did find a weapon in the garage. They later took a woman out of the home in cuffs.

Back at the store, regulars shared plenty of words about Mustafa.

Dolores Valdez and her husband Joe know Ben from the store, but Joe also paints cars for Ben, who owns Americana car lot.

Rudolfo Rodriguez also frequented Tim's Market, he did odds and ends jobs for Ben, too.

Many don't understand, but they're hoping tonight that someone is held responsible for this deadly robbery.

Police are pursuing capital murder charges against the three people picked up on 15th street. Twenty six year old Del Victoria Cavazos, 26-year-old Arturo Navarro, and 26-year-old Daniel Garcia.

The upgraded charged is based on the allegation that the store owner was killed while the suspects were committing a robbery. Capital murder carries two penalties upon conviction, life in prison or the death penalty.


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