HOUSTON– The community is breathing a sigh of relief after the person police say brutally stabbed an 11-year-old boy, killing him, was taken off the streets.
Andre Timothy Jackson Jr. , 27, has been charged with murder in the death of Josue Flores.
Jackson was arrested at the Salvation Army on North Main Street Friday afternoon.
Josue was stabbed to death as he walked home from Marshall Middle School on May 17.
According to police, Josue was walking home 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.
Two witnesses heard the child screaming, and then saw him collapse in the grass near the sidewalk as Jackson 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.
At a press conference Saturday morning, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson both said they have the right man in custody. Anderson said a bond of $100,000 has been requested.
This week, investigators released surveillance video of a person of interest wanted in connection to the boy’s death. In the video, the person was seen wearing a shirt, black pants and a green jacket, with partial letters showing “LYMEN” on the back of the jacket.
Jackson was found with the jacket in his possession, when he was taken into custody. It is the same jacket shown in the surveillance video.
The mayor urged anyone with additional information to come forward.