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Ley Road Shopkeeper dies after confrontation with shoplifter

A local owner of a service station in the 7900 block of Ley Road died at Ben Taub hospital after suffering a beating from a patron who was allegedly caught in the act of shoplifting candy.

Young An, 53, was in his gas station last Thursday evening, about 9:00 pm, when Emory Carter, 36, entered the store and put some candy in his pocket. When challenged by An, he struck him in the face, severly injuring him.

Carter, the alleged perpetrator, is being sought on a charge of aggravated assault with serious bodily injury, but this will probably be upgraded to murder, according to police.

Anyone with information is requested to call the police department at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.