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Pair of teens arrested in fatal Subway robbery

Dale Lezo, Houston Chronicle
Updated 12:41 am, Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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Two teens have been arrested in the fatal shooting at a southeast Houston sandwich stop where a customer was killed during a robbery.

Dante Wayne Talbert and Xavier Bernard Jones, both 17, are charged with capital murder. Jones turned 17 the day of the slaying, Sept. 17.

The two are accused of killing Christopher McGrew, who was eating at a Subway restaurant at 610 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Police said the two were carrying pistols when they dashed into the restaurant about 9:20 p.m. and robbed the business. Police said Talbert confronted the two employees while Jones marched McGrew, 36, to the counter and tried to check him for valuables. McGrew fought back and was shot.

The employees locked themselves in a walk-in freezer when they heard the gunshot. Then they heard a second gunshot. When they came out of the freezer, they found McGrew dead.

Before the deadly shooting, Talbert was a suspect in a series of robberies at bus stops in the neighborhood near the Subway shop, police said Monday. Warrants had been issued for his arrest in those cases.

Talbert was arrested Thursday at a house targeted in a drug bust, police said Monday. During questioning, he admitted his role in the Subway robbery, HPD officer Richard Bolton said.

Jones was arrested Friday. Bolton said Jones denied involvement in the robbery and shooting.

McGrew was a quiet, nice man who was a regular at the sandwich shop, said his sister, LaFreda McGrew. She said he was a fixture in the neighborhood where people knew and liked him. They called him the DVD Man, she said, because he always could be seen riding his bicycle through the area and selling DVDs. He also was a musician who played gospel music, a semi-pro boxer and a talented upholsterer who often worked in the family business.

"He was a people's person," said Angela Johnson-Frazier, McGrew's cousin.

McGrew's father, Charles Johnson, said his son called him on the night of the shooting to say he had stopped at the Subway to get a sandwich. He said he told his son to hurry home because the area could be dangerous at night.

"I said get off those streets," Johnson said. "There's nothing out there for you."