Cousins Brandon Lyons and Jerrett Jamal Allen are suspected robbing then killing their victims.
The body of one man, Glenser Soliman, was recovered on February 25. The second victim, An Vinh Nguyen vanished on March 31. The police believe these two cases are connected.
Brandon Lyons, has been charged with the capital murder of Soliman. His cousin, Jerrett Jamal Allen, has been charged in absentia with credit and debit card fraud.
Harris County lead homicide investigator Mike Ritchie told a news conference on Monday:
‘On February 25 I was assigned a case where a body was recovered which was later identified as our first complainant Glenser Soliman . He was reported missing by his family on February 18. Several days later after he was reported missing we found his vehicle.
‘Through our investigation, and through a few weeks we were able to develop a suspect who was identified as Brandon Lyons, who was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
‘Through our investigation and several months of work, along with the DA’s office, we were able to file a capital murder charge on Brandon Lyons for the death of Glenser Soliman.
‘During our investigation of this case, in early April, I was made aware of another missing male by the name of An Vinh Nguyen. Through our investigation and through things that we have discovered we realized that these cases were most likely linked.
By investigating certain aspects of the case, where he was last seen, we were also able to develop a suspect Jerrett Allen. Jerrett Allen was today charged with credit and debit card abuse and through our investigation we were able to link Brandon Lyons and Jerrett Allen together.
‘They are cousins and they were living together at the time that both men disappeared.
‘So again, Jerrett Allen, his whereabouts are unknown. His last known location was in El Paso, Texas in early to mid-April. Since then we don’t know where he is.’
Neither of the victims knew each other, but did use gay social media chat sites. The two suspects allegedly used Grindr to target their victims.