HOUSTON - The man who was accused of stabbing and killing 11-year-old Josue Flores is being released from custody. Charges have been dropped against Che Lajuan Calhoun. The suspect remains on the loose.
According to police, Josue was walking home from school in the 1900 block of Fulton around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday when a man, who was walking on the same sidewalk in the opposite direction, suddenly began stabbing him.
Witnesses heard the child screaming, then saw him collapse in the grass near the sidewalk as the suspect fled the scene.
Officers in the area of Fulton and James Street were flagged down by citizens and rushed to help the boy.
Josue was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he died.
Calhoun was later identified as the attacker and arrested, but charges against him were dropped Friday morning.
Reward increaseed in hopes of finding killer of 11-year-old boy
Harris County Constable Mark Herman has joined with Crime Stoppers to increase the reward offered in hopes of finding Josue's killer.
Herman and his wife, Missy, are donating $10,000 in addition to the $5,000 Crime Stoppers reward.
"It is very important we get this suspect off our streets before he commits another senseless crime," Herman said.
Anyone with information about the crime is urged to contact the Houston Police Department, or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.