Detectives have uncovered proof that Che Calhoun was actually in Pearland, Texas, at the time of the fatal stabbing incident


According to a statement issued by the Houston Police Department, all criminal charges have been dropped against a 31-year-old man who’d been accused in the stabbing death of Josue Flores, an 11-year-old sixth-grader who died Tuesday.

Che Calhoun was cleared on Friday, following interviews with eyewitnesses. PEOPLE learns that physical evidence that had been collected as part of the Flores murder investigation also helped to eliminate Calhoun as a suspect.

Calhoun had been charged with Flores’ murder on Wednesday afternoon, but detectives claim they’ve since uncovered proof that the accused was actually in Pearland, Texas, at the time of the slaying.

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The Houston Police statement claims that while there was sufficient probable cause for Calhoun’s arrest, the “defendant has provided an alibi to HPD that has been verified.”

Flores was stabbed to death as he walked home from school Tuesday afternoon.

The motivation behind the attack – which one police officer called “unprovoked” – is unclear. Josue wasn’t carrying any electronics, and it’s unknown if he knew his attacker previously, police explain.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of Flores’ killer.

Calhoun is still being held on assault and evading arrest charges stemming from an incident the night before the fatal stabbing.

Calhoun allegedly got into a fight with another person just blocks from where the knife attack unfolded.

It was unclear at press time if Calhoun has retained legal counsel.