Charges dropped against suspect in 11-year-old's deadly stabbing

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Friday, May 20, 2016
Charges dropped against man who was charged with killing 11-year old
Charges dropped against man who was charged with killing 11-year old

HOUSTON -- A bombshell development in the stabbing death of an 11-year-old boy as murder charges are dropped against his suspected killer.

Houston Police say both eyewitness testimony and physical evidence have cleared Che Calhoun of charges in the murder of sixth grader Josue Flores. Detectives say Calhoun was in Pearland at the time of Flores's murder.

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Eyewitness News has received a copy of the dismissal. It reads, in part, that "probable cause for arrest existed, but defendant has provided alibi to HPD that has been verified."

Calhoun was arrested on Tuesday, a day after Flores's deadly stabbing.

A murder charge was dropped against the suspect in a boy's stabbing in north Houston. Jeff Ehling reports.

Detectives say Crime Stoppers is now offer a $5,000 reward in hopes of finding Flores's killer.

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Police say they still believe the stabbing was a random act of violence. What they are not certain of is whether they have the actual murder weapon.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office tells Eyewitness News that Calhoun is still being charged for assault and evading arrest stemming from an incident on the METRORail line.

Calhoun was allegedly in a fight with another person just blocks from the knife attack location the day before.

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METRO Police say they used a Taser on Calhoun, who was able to get away.

As he ran, he left behind a backpack with his photo ID inside. That ID, police say, was used to help several witnesses identify Calhoun as 11-year-old Josue Flores's attacker.

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At least three people told police that they saw Calhoun running from the spot where Flores had been murdered.

However, what we know now is that Che Calhoun is no longer a suspect in Flores' death.

The DA's office says, once again, he does still face a charge of assault and evading arrest.

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If you have any information in the death of Josue Flores, contact Houston Crime Stoppers by calling 713-222-TIPS or submitting your anonymous tips at

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