UPDATE: Suspect Noah Solomon Gulzar has been arrested.
On Monday night, October 9, 2023, a terrifying incident unfolded in Midlothian as three armed men kidnapped a 72-year-old male and a 68-year-old female from their home in the 5000 Block of Vernon Point. The victims were later able to escape, with one suspect identified and sought by authorities.
At 9:48 PM, the Northern Ellis Emergency Dispatch Center received a call from the DeSoto Police Department, reporting a possible kidnapping. Midlothian Police swiftly responded to the victims' residence and another location in DeSoto, coordinating efforts with the DeSoto officers.
Investigations revealed that the victims were forcibly taken to an Airbnb rental house in DeSoto by three armed men, one of whom was known to the victims. The suspects attempted to access the victims' online bank accounts after tying them up. After several hours, two of the suspects left, enabling the victims to free themselves and subdue the remaining kidnapper using a knife from the house's kitchen.
In the ensuing struggle, the victims managed to escape, seeking refuge at a nearby residence where they called 911. The third suspect fled before the arrival of DeSoto officers. Although the victims sustained minor injuries, the suspect incurred significant wounds, including defensive knife injuries to his hands and possibly a severe wound to his leg.
The known suspect has been identified as Noah Solomon Gulzar, a 20-year-old of Middle Eastern descent. Arrest warrants have been issued for Gulzar on two counts of Aggravated Kidnapping with a Deadly Weapon, each carrying a $250,000.00 bond. Gulzar's last known addresses are in Red Oak and Ovilla, TX. The investigation is ongoing, with additional charges pending against Gulzar and the other suspects.
Authorities believe the victims were targeted due to their acquaintance with one of the suspects and currently do not consider the incident a significant threat to the community. The Midlothian Police Department urges anyone with information about the case to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 972.775.3333 or pd.cid@Midlothian.tx.us.