Police have released video footage of a man running north from the site of Josue Flores's murder and are asking the public to take a good look at the photo and call them if they know who he is.
They would not say where the video was taken, except that it was at a business, or how far away from the crime scene the man had run. It's time-stamped at 4:44 p.m., four minutes after police believe the 11-year-old was fatally stabbed while walking home from a science club end-of-the-year party at Marshall Middle School on May 17.
The man appears to have a goatee and is wearing a dark green jacket with distinctive lettering on the hood — only the letters LYMEN are visible. Underneath he's wearing a light blue collared shirt and dark blue jeans. On his feet are gray and orange tennis shoes.
Police made clear that he is not a suspect, only a person of interest. They would not get into detail about whether the man's appearance and clothing matched the description of the original witness, whose description led police to arrest the wrong man, only to release him a couple of days later once his alibi checked out.
There is currently a $45,000 reward for whoever can bring police information that leads to the arrest of Josue Flores's killer. According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, if undocumented immigrants were witnesses to the crime or have crucial information about the suspect, they and their immediate families will receive special visas if they bring the information forward. The phone number for HPD's Homicide Division is 713-308-3600, and the Crime Stoppers line is 713-222-TIPS.
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