HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Brandon Alexander Lyons charged with capital murder in death of St. Luke's Medical Center nurse Glenser Soliman, whose body was found in north Harris County. The Harris County Sheriff's Office is searching for Lyons' cousin, Jerrett Jamal Allen, in a related credit/debit card abuse case.
Allen, who was last seen in El Paso in April, is also Lyons' cousin and former roommate.
Soliman, 44, was reported missing on Feb. 18 when he did not arrive to his work shift at St. Luke's Medical Center. A male who was walking his dog found the body of Soliman on Hirschfield in the Spring area on Feb. 27.
Lyons was initially charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle for taking Soliman's vehicle and has been in custody at the Harris County Jail since April. Investigators determined that evidence linked Lyons to the murder of Soliman. They also found evidence that linked Allen, 26, to the unlawful use of An Vinh Nguyen's credit cards.
"We realized that these cases were most likely linked," said Deputy Michael Ritchie, Homicide Investigator for the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
Nguyen, a University of Houston student, was reported missing in April and his 2016 orange four-door Jeep Renegade was found in the Spring area, near where Soliman's vehicle was found in February.
"Both of them were Asian males. Both of them were possibly using social media chat sites. Also, both of the vehicles were in similar areas," said Deputy Ritchie.
Investigators believe Lyons and Allen used social media to lure Soliman and Nguyen, who remains missing.
While officials are reluctant to call these likely killings serial murders, they do warn people, especially those who use social media chat sites, to always be vigilant.
"If you are going to meet up with somebody, have someone else there in a public place, not going to their home residence by yourself and not inviting them to your home residence to show them where you live," said Deputy Ritchie.
Anyone with information in these cases is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston by phone at 713-222-8477 (TIPS), online by visiting https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=610, by text message by sending TIP610 and the information to 274637 (CRIMES) or with the Houston Crime Stoppers in the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store and the Blackberry App World. Crime Stoppers is willing to pay up to $5,000 for any information that leads to the filing of felony charges or arrest of the suspect in this case. People who submit information to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous.