Keep Houston Press Free
| Crime |

Nineteen-Year-Old Pizzeria Employee Gunned Down in Bellaire

Peter Mielke, an employee at Reginelli’s Pizzeria at 5303B Bissonnet, was gunned down during an apparent robbery attempt on Sunday, February 21.

According to a report by KTRK Channel 13, at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 21, Reginelli’s employees were preparing to close for the night when an armed robber shot and killed Mielke, who was standing closest to the cash register. Mielke reportedly was not resisting the robber at all when he was murdered. 

Reginelli’s Pizzeria is based in New Orleans and has ten locations. The owner reportedly flew to Houston after the murder to assist police with the investigation, including retrieving surveillance video. The hope is that the video might shed some light on the identity of the killer and why the incident turned violent. For now, Mielke’s killer is still at large. 

Funds have been set up to assist with the young man's funeral expenses. In Houston, donors should visit any Amegy Bank branch to make a deposit in the Peter Mielke Memorial Fund. In New Orleans, donations should go to the fund Whitney Bank. 

A statement from Reginelli’s Pizzeria says that Mielke worked for the company for almost a year and was a “well-liked, valued member of our team.”

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

The statement concludes as follows:

“The restaurant will remain closed for the immediate future. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mielke family and our employees. We ask the community for your support today as you have supported us since we arrived in Houston. We look forward to continuing to be part of the Bellaire community.”

The circumstances of Peter Mielke’s death embody the nightmares of every parent whose children are old enough to work. 

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.