Man arrested for stabbing 11-year-old to death as he walked home from school

A man suspected of stabbing an 11-year-old Houston boy to death as he walked home from school was arrested on Wednesday, authorities said.

Federal marshals took Che Lajuan Calhoun, 31, into custody and turned him over to Houston police homicide investigators, Deputy U.S. Marshal Alfredo Perez said.

‘I believe the community was outraged and really came through with the tips,’ Perez said, declining to comment further on how authorities found Calhoun.

Houston police would not say how they tied Calhoun, of Houston, to the fatal attack on Josue Flores, a sixth-grader at Marshall Middle School.

‘We’re not going to get into the specifics of what evidence connected him,’ police spokesman Victor Senties said.

Authorities also noted that a motive for the killing remained unclear.

Charging documents from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office were not immediately available.

Flores was walking on a sidewalk late Tuesday afternoon, near the 1900 block of Fulton Street, when a man approached him and stabbed him several times in an ‘unprovoked’ attack, police Sgt. Tommy Ruland said. Calhoun was arrested the next day.

Sixth grader Josue Flores, 11, was stabbed to death as he walked home from school on Tuesday afternoon   Houston police would not say how they tied Calhoun to the fatal attack on Josue

The child's sister said he was carrying no valuables in his backpack, pictured lying in the grass after the attack. Picture courtesy of KTRK

The child’s sister, Sofia Flores, 16, said he wore a backpack but carried no valuables at the time of the attack.

Several witnesses told officers they heard loud screaming and saw Josue struggling with a man on the sidewalk around 4.45pm.

The boy collapsed on the grass near the sidewalk with multiple stab wounds and the man ran off, police said.

Witnesses said they saw a man fleeing the scene on foot, going north on Fulton Street.

A bystander flagged down police and alerted them to the wounded boy.

Josue was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after the attack.

Maria Cristina Sepulveda, right, comforts Elisa Mendes, the grandmother of Josue, at a makeshift memorial for him on Wednesday near where the youngster was fatally stabbed while walking home from school the day before in Houston

Christopher Martinez, 14, places flowers at the makeshift memorial for his classmate  Josue Flores

Calhoun was later identified as a suspect in the killing and was charged with murder on Wednesday morning.

Family members said Josue had stayed at school late to participate in his science club.

Flores said her brother, whose school is located only a few blocks from where he was murdered, dreamed of attending the University of Houston-Downtown and wanted to be a doctor when he grew up.

‘He wanted to be a doctor, he wanted to help people,’ Flores said.

Another sister, Guadalupe Flores, said the family was sad and confused.

‘I’m trying to wrap my mind around it,’ she said.

‘I hope that my parents’ pain can be eased a little by our family and friends coming over.’

Sofia Flores lashed out at her brother’s killer in an interview with KHOU on Tuesday evening:

‘I want him to go to jail for what he did, I want him to go to hell, ’cause he did this to my brother, and now I ‘m never going to see him again,’ she said.

‘But I know he’s going to be my guardian angel.’

The Houston Independent School District assigned extra police to the area.

‘This is an incredibly sad time for the school,’ the district said in a statement.

‘We extend our support and sympathy to the family and friends of this student, as well as the school community.’

Court records show Calhoun was born in Michigan and that his several criminal cases in Harris County, where Houston is located, go back to 2012 when he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of making a terroristic threat for threatening to stalk and assault someone.

He was sentenced to 150 days in jail.

In a 2013 case, a woman who identified herself as Calhoun’s common-law wife accused him of hitting her in the face and biting her head twice.

He pleaded guilty and accepted a two-year deferred adjudication sentence.

His most recent Harris County conviction was in October 2015 when he pleaded guilty to another charge of making a terroristic threat and was sentenced to 15 days in jail.

Source: The Daily Mail

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