A former high school soccer player has been arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and child abuse after allegedly killing a roommate’s girlfriend and stabbing her to death, authorities said.
Derek Johnson, 19, was charged with capital murder, kidnapping, sexual assault and child sexual abuse and was being held in the Harris County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond on Monday, the Harris Independent School District said in a statement.
Police were called to a home in the 5200 block of S. W. North Avenue in North Houston on Sunday evening after a woman reported seeing a man she thought was Johnson outside the home.
The woman said she saw Johnson enter the home through a window, where he grabbed her and then dragged her into the house through the backyard.
The woman said Johnson then pulled her to the ground and threw her against a wall.
The victim’s roommate, identified as Jessica Rodriguez, 25, told police that Johnson then pushed her to her knees and took her to a bedroom, where she was stabbed.
She said Johnson tied her hands and feet with a belt and held a knife to her throat, before stabbing her three times in the neck, arms and back, police said.
Rodriguez told investigators that she had called 911 and that Johnson had already left, according to a police report.
When police arrived at the scene, Rodriguez said she found Rodriguez tied up and screaming for help.
They found a small black bag containing the victim’s clothes and jewelry, police reports said.
The victim was found on a bed.
Rodriquez, a student at Houston-area High Desert Christian Academy, was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder and two counts each of kidnapping and sexual assault.
She is being held without bond on a $500,000 bond.
Rodrickson was arrested Sunday morning after the investigation into the case turned up nothing, police records show.
Johnson was a freshman at the school last year and a member of the team’s football team.
He was on scholarship and had been a defensive back for the school since his freshman year.