A 24-year-old man has been charged in connection to the fatal stabbing of Dr. Talat Jehan Khan, a Texas pediatrician, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.
Khan, 52, was found dead at a picnic table in her apartment complex in Conroe on Saturday with multiple stab wounds.
According to KHOU 11, neighbors heard Khan screaming around 12:30 p.m. and then saw EMTs working to revive her, but she did not survive.
“I was outside and I heard a woman out there, and I heard that she was screaming. She was sitting at the picnic table,” a neighbor said, noting that the suspect “came out of nowhere” while Khan sat on the phone next to her dog.
Members of Khan’s family spoke to ABC13 and said she moved to Texas in July with her 14-year-old daughter. Wajahat Nyaz, Khan’s brother, shared that she was working at Texas Children’s Pediatrics Conroe and had moved in hopes of experiencing warmer weather.
“Everything in her life revolved around those two things – her kids, her son and daughter, and her kids she looked after as a pediatrician,” Nyaz said.
He added that she was loved by her family members as well as her hundreds of patients.
Police identified the suspect as Miles Joseph Fridrich.
While Fridrich attempted to flee on foot, law enforcement officials located him through witness descriptions and charged him with murder, a first-degree felony.
“Witnesses on scene gave a good description of the suspect and his direction of travel,” police said in a statement. “Officers quickly set up a perimeter and were able to locate and detain the suspect a short distance away on Johnson-Martin Rd.”
Several witnesses told ABC13 that children were present during the stabbing. A delivery driver said the suspect reportedly lives under an overpass about three miles away.
At this time a motive has not been declared.
The Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) noted that while it is unsure if the attack “was a hate crime,” it is “paying very close attention to the investigation” given “the tragic circumstances.”
Fridrich was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a $500,000 bond.