HOUSTON (AP) — A 27-year-old Houston man has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of an 11-year-old who was walking home from school last month, police said Saturday.
Andre Timothy Jackson Jr. was arrested Friday afternoon at the Salvation Army in downtown Houston and charged later in the day, Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a news conference Saturday. Jackson is being held in the Harris County Jail on $100,000 bond. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he had an attorney.
Jackson is accused of stabbing Josue Flores as the sixth-grader walked home from school May 17. Josue was only a few blocks from home.
“We cannot bring him back, but I hope today’s announcement can perhaps bring a little bit of comfort to those who love him,” said Turner, who called the killing of the young boy, “senseless, brutal and cold-blooded.”
Earlier this week, authorities released surveillance video featuring a “person of interest” in the slaying. The 36-second video showed a man running down a street not far from the scene wearing a green jacket with a partially obscured word containing the letters “LYMEN” on the hood of the jacket.
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, who was taken to a hospital with multiple stab wounds and pronounced dead a short time later.
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