Former Bellaire HS football player killed in pizza shop robbery – KHOU
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BELLAIRE, Texas – A former Bellaire High School football player was shot to death in an overnight robbery at a pizza shop, according to police.
The Bellaire police chief is calling the suspect who killed 19-year-old Peter Mielke a “coward” and a “lowlife.”
All of the department’s investigators are working together to bring justice for Mielke, who was working at the Reginelli’s Pizzeria to pay his bills.
“We were crew, we were family with one another,” said Tyler Ramsey, the victim’s friend. “None of us harmed one another. None of us, we all stayed away from that path.”
But Sunday around 9:30 p.m., police say the young man could not avoid the danger he faced on the job. Mielke, was shot multiple times even as he complied with a gunman’s demands.
“He did it to the wrong person,” said Ramsey. “He’s too humble of a person, and karma’s gonna come back at you.”
Ramsey says the victim was the kind of guy who avoided confrontation. Police believe that’s what he tried to do in the middle of the restaurant’s dining room at Bissonnet and Bellaire.
He was helping to close up the pizza shop as other workers handled things in a back office. That’s when the robber came in and demanded money. Mielke complied, but the robber shot him anyway.
The workers came out and found the teen wounded. He was soon pronounced dead.
“You have some punk who comes in and tries to rob and kills him because they’re not moving fast enough,” said Bellaire Police Chief Byron Holloway. “Or they’re not doing what this coward thinks they should be doing and shoots and kills him.”
The chief says everything about this crime is “senseless.”
“He shot a hardworking man over what? Maybe a 100 bucks in cash,” said Holloway. “Most bad guys wouldn’t even want to associate with this person. I’m not going to call him a man cause he’s not.”
The owners of the restaurant where the teen worked for more than two years were out of town at the time of the robbery, but they’re coming back to Houston hoping to offer their condolences to the Mielke family.
“He was a beautiful kind soul who deserved the best and didn’t get what he deserved,” said Ramsey.
Chief Holloway says police have crystal clear surveillance video from this pizzeria showing the ruthless killing, but they are not releasing the footage at this time. Investigators are also looking at other nearby homes and businesses hoping to get more surveillance video.
Anyone with information can call Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or Bellaire PD at 713-668-0487.