A man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death at New Hope Housing in northeast Houston on Saturday night has been arrested, according to police.
Marques Kelvin Potts, 58, is charged with murder.
At about 7:10 p.m. Saturday, Houston police responded to reports of a woman pleading for help from an apartment in a low-income housing complex at 2424 Sakowitz Street. When they arrived, they found a 43-year-old woman with multiple stab wounds at the entrance of her apartment. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
“At this time, it’s believed to be domestic violence. The female (was) pronounced deceased at the scene. The person of interest at this time is believed to be the boyfriend,” Lt. T. Davis said on Saturday.
The boyfriend was later identified as Potts. According to his criminal record, he pleaded guilty to stabbing a woman back in March 2021 and was ordered to have no contact with her. It does not appear that she is the same woman from Saturday’s stabbing. Her age does not match HPD’s description.
Police said Potts was arrested without incident and booked into the Harris County Jail on Tuesday.
The identity of the woman killed is still pending verification through the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. According to a statement from New Hope Housing, both the suspect and victim were residents at their Sakowitz location. A spokesperson for the apartment complex said they increased security presence as an added safety measure.
“We deeply regret the horrific murder of one of New Hope’s residents due to intimate partner violence. Our thoughts are with her friends and family as they grieve this loss. We are working closely with Houston Area Women’s Center to strengthen our ability to ensure any resident who might be in an abusive situation has access to life-saving services,” the statement said.
If you need help getting out of a domestic violence situation, call the Houston Area Women’s Center 24/7 hotline at 713-528-2121 or call AVDA at 713-224-9911. You can also click here to chat with an advocate online. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and need help, call 713-528-3625.