Man charged with murder in stabbing death of 11-year-old boy

Christopher Martinez, 14, places flowers at a makeshift memorial Wednesday, May 18, 2016, for his classmate 11-year-old Josue Flores, who fatally stabbed while walking home from school the day before in Houston. (Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston police have arrested a man in connection with the stabbing death of an 11-year-old boy who was walking home from school.

Che Lajuan Calhoun, 31, was captured by U.S. Marshals without incident Wednesday afternoon in southeast Houston. He has been charged with murder in the case.

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11-year-old Josue Flores

A motive for the killing of Josue Flores wasn’t immediately known.

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

Charging documents from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office weren’t immediately available.

The boy was walking on a sidewalk late Tuesday afternoon near his home when a man approached him and stabbed him several times in an “unprovoked” attack, police Sgt. Tommy Ruland said. Josue wasn’t carrying a phone, laptop or any other electronic devices when he was stabbed, relatives said.

Several witnesses told officers they heard loud screaming and saw Josue struggling with a man. The boy collapsed on the grass near the sidewalk and the man ran off. A bystander flagged down police and alerted them to the wounded boy.

He was taken to Houston’s Memorial Hermann Hospital with multiple stab wounds and pronounced dead a short time later.

The sixth-grader had stayed late at Marshall Middle School to participate in his science club.

“He wanted to be a doctor, he wanted to help people,” a 16-year-old sister, Sofia Flores, said.

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

“I’m trying to wrap my mind around it,” she said Wednesday. “I hope that my parents’ pain can be eased a little by our family and friends coming over.”

Che Lajuan Calhoun is shown in this undated photo provided by the Houston Police Department. Houston police have issued a murder warrant for Calhoun, the suspect in the fatal stabbing of an 11-year-old Josue Flores, who was attacked as he walked home from school Tuesday, May 17, 2016. (Houston Police Department via AP)
Che Lajuan Calhoun is shown in this undated photo provided by the Houston Police Department. Houston police have issued a murder warrant for Calhoun, the suspect in the fatal stabbing of an 11-year-old Josue Flores, who was attacked as he walked home from school Tuesday, May 17, 2016. (Houston Police Department via AP)

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 criminal record in Houston goes 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.

Among several criminal cases involving Calhoun in Harris County, Texas, a woman who identified herself as Calhoun’s common-law wife accused him in 2013 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 conviction was in October 2015 when he pleaded guilty in Harris County to another charge of making a terroristic threat and was sentenced to 15 days in jail.

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