DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A 49-year-old man has been arrested for the murder of a 22-year-old college graduate, whose body was found in a burning SUV in the Lower Greenville area of Dallas.
Police arrested Glen Richter and booked him into Lew Sterrett Jail early Thursday morning on a capital murder charge. Sara Hudson was found dead in the back of a burning SUV in the 5600 block of Alta Drive Monday evening.
Hudson’s cause of death has not yet been determined but police said she died from homicidal violence.
According to the arrest warrant, surveillance video showed Hudson getting out of vehicle before Richter approached her and then forced her back into the vehicle. Police were able to gather fingerprints from two of the vehicle’s doors, which led them to the suspect.
Police sources say 22-year-old Sara Hudson was carjacked at gunpoint and forced to an ATM by Richter.
At some point during the 2 hours she was missing they ended up in this parking lot behind Lower Greenville Avenue bars where a security camera recorded the victim getting out of her white SUV but being forced back inside at gunpoint.
She was later found dead inside the back hatch area after the vehicle had been set on fire.
According to her family, Hudson had just graduated from the University of Arkansas and was going to celebrate her birthday that Monday evening.
Her aunt, Angela Aragon, told CBS 11, “I want to know what evil entered into her life. What cut this brilliant girl’s career and life so short? Never did she wake up on that day think that this would be her last day on earth. Whoever preyed upon her they preyed upon a beautiful human being.”
Police believe the 22-year-old’s death was a random attack. Richter’s bond was set at $1 million.
A heart-shaped ring of roses has been placed at the site of the murder scene.
The family of Sara Hudson released the following statement on her death:
We wish to express our sincere gratitude to all who have so lovingly surrounded us at this time of loss and sadness. The thoughts and prayers of so many have touched us more than we can ever express. Our thanks and appreciation go out to Detective Frank Serra, the members of the Dallas Police Department’s Homicide Unit, and the larger Department for working so tirelessly and diligently for Sara and our family.
This is an unspeakable tragedy. Sara was a young women of immense talent and immeasurable potential. She was beloved by all who knew her and deeply touched everyone she met. The world is a more precious place because of her and sadder now without her. While her amazing potential may be lost, we have much to learn from how Sara lived each day based on hope, love, and kindness. We miss her and will love her always.
We have the upmost trust and confidence in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. There is no doubt that they, along with the Dallas Police Department and Detective Serra, will continue to seek and find justice for Sara. At this time, we will focus on healing, the grief we have, and living with this senseless tragedy.