UPDATE: Andre Timothy Jackson, Jr., 27, is expected to appear in court this morning.
HOUSTON- There may finally be some justice for Josue Flores and his family.
Mayor Sylvester Turner, District Attorney Devon Anderson, H-P-D`s interim chief Martha Montalvo gathered Saturday morning to announce they`ve arrested the man who stabbed 11 year-old Josue Flores to death, as he walked home from school on May 17th.
“Andre Timothy Jackson, Jr.. He was the person we believe committed the crime. He`s the person that was charged, and he`s the person that`s going to be tried” declared Mayor Turner.
One north side resident named “CJ” wonders if they nabbed the right guy this time, “See the first guy, we thought it was him, but it wasn`t. So, yeah, real happy about it and I hope this is the one though.”
The mayor, police and the DA`s office are adamant, they have the person who committed this senseless, brutal, cold-blooded crime. “I do want to assure the neighborhood, assure the parents of Josue, that we have the right man. That we are looking forward to prosecuting him, and seeking justice on behalf of Josue” explained the Harris Country District Attorney, Devon Anderson.
Police are still investigating so they wouldn`t give us details, but they did reveal Crime Stoppers tips and surveillance videos helped them identify and arrest Andre Timothy Jackson, Jr…. a 27 year old Marine Corps veteran (discharged in 2011), who was arrested Friday night at the Salvation Army`s Harbor Light Center and Red Shield Lodge on North Main. Homicide detectives point out, the Salvation Army cooperated fully with the investigation. Jackson has been charged with murder and is currently residing in a city jail cell.
North side residents like Patricia Cerna, who was with Josue when he died, are relieved the “po po” got their man. “I`m happy, I`m happy because he`s taken this guy (Josue). For three weeks I can`t sleep. I wake and I come and see outside and I see the boy on the floor… so now I will sleep real good” sobs Cerna. “Putting him in the criminal justice system provides peace of mind for the residents and lets us know that the area is a little bit safer, having one more criminal off the streets” says north side resident Melica Thayer. Joe Sanchez agrees telling us, “It’s great! I have a kid of my own and I feel great that everything`s safe around here.” Sonia Parker heads an organization called Parents Against Predators and says, “Our prayers go out to the Flores family and let them know that we are here for them and we want justice for Josue.”
We don’t know why Jackson may have committed this brutal murder, but now the family and the community can begin to move forward.