HOUSTON – The man charged in the stabbing death of 11-year-old Josue Flores appeared in court Saturday evening.
Andre Timothy Jackson, Jr., 27, faced a judge around 6 p.m. after being taken into custody on Friday.
He is being held on $100,000 bond. Police believe Jackson fatally stabbed Flores while the boy was walking home from Marshall Middle School in north Houston on May 17.
BREAKING: Andre Jackson arrested, charged in murder of Josue Flores. #khou11— Larry Seward (@LSewardKHOU) June 4, 2016
Police say they were able to confirm Jackson had a residence at the Salvation Army at 2407 North Main Street and arrested him there around 1:30 p.m. Friday.
It’s not Jackson’s first run-in with police. He was charged with criminal trespass in Bellaire on March 4 and with unlawfully carrying a weapon on May 1, 2015.
Jackson is a U.S. Marine veteran and claimed to have PTSD in a post on Facebook.
"I think the devil has taken over my life because it's been completely destroyed." one of his posts read. In another, he said, "Swear I want to kill everybody."
Houston Police released video of a person of interest Wednesday that was taken from a business near North Main around 4:45 p.m.on May 17.
Investigators said the person of interest in the new video matches the description of the suspect seen running four minutes after Josue's murder.
Police said the individual was described as a black male, 25 to 30 years old, about 6 feet tall and weighing 180 to 200 pounds.
He was wearing a shirt, black pants and had a green jacket. During Saturday's press conference, officials said Jackson still had the jacket in his possession during the time of his arrest at the shelter.
Tips from the community led police to the shelter. Some neighbors are concerned as to why no one from the shelter called authorities.
"That's scary." said a man named Anthony, who stays at the shelter. "I'm supposed to sleep there tonight."
A spokesperson for the Salvation Army would not discuss the case in detail on Saturday.
“The Salvation Army will continue to cooperate with the Houston Police Department and the City of Houston leadership,” the group said in a statement. “However, due to client confidentiality, The Salvation Army is not able to discuss the private information of our clients. As longstanding community neighbors, we continue to pray for the Flores family.”
“They probably didn’t know,” said Juan Nieva, a Flores family friend. “I’m sure if (shelter management) knew they would tell (police). I mean, who wouldn’t report someone, a child killer?”
In Jackson's previous arrests reports, he was described as 6 feet and 150 pounds.
In order the make the arrest, police say they had to recreate the steps they believe Jackson took to and from the crime scene.
"We basically had to go backtrack from the scene of the crime, the path we believe the suspect took," said Lt. John McGalin. "We had to build a track the suspect built based on video surveillance. We believe we know the track the suspect took, and that took a lot of time."
Police received a number of tips from community members that led to Jackson's arrest. They are working with Crime Stoppers to determine how they will distribute the $45,000 reward.
A knife was also found May 25 near the scene where Josue was stabbed. Police say at this time in the investigation, they do not believe the knife is tied to the murder.
Video released days after his death showed Flores' final moments as he walked home.
In the video, Josue is walking alone on Fulton Street with his backpack on after leaving a science club party at school.
He appears to nervously look behind him multiple times as he's walking.
Just two blocks away out of site of the camera, Josue was tragically killed.
Josue was laid to rest May 24 at Holy Name Catholic Church. The church quickly reached its 500 capacity with people showing up to pay their respects.
Father Anil Thomas blessed the casket of the murdered child on the front steps on the church front of his family and a crowd on on-lookers.
Thomas says he met the boy’s family at the memorial site a day after Josue was murdered and has been praying with them ever since.
“We need to be united in prayer and God can help us to overcome all of our sorrows,” Thomas said.