A young boy walking home from school in Houston, Texas Tuesday was stabbed to death.

31-year-old Che Lajuan Calhoun, a homeless man who goes by “Detroit,” was arrested Wednesday in connection with the murder of 11-year-old Josue Flores.

He was attacked at around 4:45 p.m. before his attacker, later identified as Calhoun, ran from the scene.

He was found and taken into custody by a U.S. Marshals fugitive task force the next day.

Houston Police Sergeant Tommy Ruland says the attack was unprovoked.

It isn’t known if Calhoun knew Josue before the attack occurred.

Witnesses told cops they’d seen Calhoun struggling with Josue before the boy crumpled to the ground and Calhoun fled. Young Josue had been stabbed multiple times.


A homeless man identified as Carlos told  a local news station that he saw the incident. He says Calhoun “grabbed a hold of the kid and did something to him and threw him down on the ground. I saw him laying against the tree, but then I saw blood come up. I looked at him directly in the eye when I saw him.”

According to Josue’s family, he wasn’t carrying any valuables that someone might want to steal.


Josue Flores was a sixth-grader at Marshall Middle School in Houston.

“He had a bright future. He was very obedient and he was giving,” his mother, Maria Flores, told the same station. “You give him $10, and he would buy everyone else something before he bought himself something.”

Calhoun has a history of mental illness, according to authorities, but they haven’t detailed what that history is.