HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - Two cousins are accused in connection with the cases of a Spring nurse's death and the disappearance of a University of Houston student, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
Glenser Soliman, 44, was reported missing by family Feb. 18 after he was last heard from two days earlier when he called St. Luke's Hospital to check in before his shift as a nursing supervisor. Several days later, Soliman's BMW was found.
Brandon Lyons was arrested April 11 and charged with unauthorized use of motor vehicle in connection with the case.
Lyons, 18, is now charged with capital murder in the case of Soliman's death.
In early April, An Vinh Nguyen, 27, was reported missing after he was last seen on the evening of March 31. Nguyen was a student at the University of Houston's Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. His vehicle was recovered April 6.
"He had a job interview in Florida just a few days before he disappeared. He did not show up. He had a lot of things going for him," Detective Michael Ritchie, with the Harris County Sheriff's Office, said.
Nguyen has not been found.
"The areas we felt he would most likely be located, there were no traces of human remains," Ritchie said.
Investigators were able to link the two cases together.
"We realized these cases were most likely linked," Ritchie said. "Robbery could be one possibility, but exactly why is still under investigation."
The victims did not know each other, but both were Asian males who were using social media chat sites, and their vehicles were found abandoned in the same general area.
Jerrett Allen, Lyons' cousin, was charged with credit card abuse in the case of Nguyen's disappearance.
Allen and Lyons were living together at the time of both men's disappearances.
Allen, 26, is on the run and authorities are asking for information from the public to locate him.
"His last known whereabouts were in El Paso in mid-April. Since then, we don't know where he is," Ritchie said.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org. Tips may also be sent via a text message by texting the following: TIP610 plus the information to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.
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