HOUSTON, TX — Houston police are on the hunt for a suspect after a 17-year-old girl was fatally stabbed near the Galleria on Saturday morning. The incident, which took place around 11:14 a.m. along the sidewalk on West Alabama near Sage Street, has left authorities searching for answxers.
According to reports, a police sergeant working an extra job in the area was alerted to the scene by a passerby who claimed to have witnessed a fight between two females, potentially over a bag. Upon arrival, the sergeant discovered the teenager with apparent stab wounds. Despite the response from the Houston Fire Department, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Believed to be a local resident, the teen was either on her way to or returning from her job at a store in the Galleria, authorities revealed. Descriptions of the suspect depict her as a Hispanic or Asian female in her mid to late 20s, seen wearing a brown jacket and brown leggings. Although the suspect was reported to have been riding a blue bicycle, investigators have since located the bike.
While initially thought to be a robbery, the motive behind the attack remains undetermined, as police continue to review surveillance footage in the area. Authorities are urging any business owners or citizens who may possess video evidence or have witnessed anything suspicious to contact the Houston Police Department’s Homicide Division.
Assistant Chief M. Martin assured the public that extra patrols would be present during the holiday season in the area. “We do not believe this is something that is creating any additional danger to people shopping in the area. But we would obviously tell people what we always tell them during the holidays, which is when you’re out shopping and you’re out in heavy public traveled areas, please be aware of your surroundings and just look out for yourself and the people around you and be safe,” Martin stated.
The investigation into the stabbing remains ongoing, and authorities are urging anyone with information to come forward.-