Police have confirmed two potential serial killers may have targeted gay men in the Houston area. One suspect remains at large.
The two suspects, Brandon Alexander Lyons and Jerrett Jamal Allen, are cousins who police say may have used gay hookup apps to rob and murder men.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office investigators said Monday that they’re not ruling out the possibility of the suspects being serial killers and there being more victims.
The two confirmed victims are Glenser Soliman, 44, whose body was discovered on Feb. 25, and An Vinh Nguyen, 26, who went missing on March 31 and who police presume is dead.
“Both of them were Asian males, both of them were possibly using social media chat sites, and both of their vehicles were abandoned in similar areas,” said lead homicide investigator Mike Ritchie.
“It is possible that there were other victims, or victims that did get away who could give us more information.”
Lyons and Allen were living together when Soliman and Nguyen went missing.
Police did not disclose which apps may have been used in the murders.
Writes The Houston Chronicle:
On Monday, a capital murder charge was filed against Brandon Alexander Lyons, 18, who is accused of strangling Soliman and striking him with an unknown object. Lyons has been held in the Harris County Jail under a $200,000 bond since April, when he was charged with stealing Soliman’s vehicle.
Lyons’ cousin, Jerrett Jamal Allen, 26, a suspect in Nguyen’s death, is being sought on a charge of unlawfully using the student’s credit cards. He was last spotted in April, using the cards in El Paso, detectives said.
At present, investigators believe robbery appears the most likely motive of the men’s crimes.