Joel Gonzalez

ALDINE – A brother trying to defend his sister was fatally stabbed at an apartment complex on AldineMail Route on Monday, July 13, 2015.

It happened around 4 pm in the 4800 block of Aldine Mail Route near highway 59.

Detectives said the victim was trying to defend his 17-year-old sister from allegedly unwanted sexual advances from the suspect, Sean Jimenez, 21.

Officials reported that the girl called her brother to come and help her. They got into an argument and fight that turned deadly. The attacker then allegedly grabbed a knife and stabbed the girl’s brother, Joel Gonzalez, 22, at least one time in the torso, killing him, Harris County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Robert Spurgeon said.

Jimenez took off running. Deputies searched a nearby wooded area by air and on foot but could not find him.

The next day, Jimenez turned himself in and was questioned. But he later was released because he claimed self-defense.

The case will go to a Harris County Grand Jury.