Update: Wanted Suspect Arrested in 2002 Murder

October 27, 2008 - Houston police have arrested a suspect charged in the fatal stabbing of a man at 7255 Corporate #1714 on September 27, 2002.

Acting on several anonymous tips, Alexis Flores (H/m, DOB: 9-26-77), was arrested without incident about 9 a.m. on Saturday (Oct. 25) outside of a business in the 11300 block of Airline. He is charged with murder in the 209th State District Court for his role in the stabbing death of Pete Arthur Gonzales, 18, of Houston.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J.C. Padilla reported:

Mr. Gonzales’ girlfriend went to his apartment, after not hearing from him, and found him deceased. Gonzales suffered more than 50 stab wounds to his neck and chest. Neighbors reported seeing Gonzales and Flores drinking at the apartment the night before he (Gonzales) was found dead. At the time of the incident, investigators focused on Flores as the suspect in the case, but were not able to file charges until lab analysis on evidence collected from the scene was complete.

Homicide investigators found no signs of forced entry but there were several areas, inside and outside of the apartment, which contained blood evidence. Investigators collected samples of the blood, which appeared to have come from another individual, and submitted it as evidence.

In September 2004, Flores was arrested on unrelated charges in Charlotte, North Carolina, where detectives collected a sample of Flores' DNA and sent it to HPD investigators. The results of the analysis, conducted by Identigene, found the blood evidence collected at the murder scene matched that of Flores’ DNA profile. Flores was charged with the murder on Oct. 16, 2008.

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