Juan Tejedor Baron was caught on surveillance footage apparently trying to escape LAPD custody following his arrest last month as he allegedly trying to flee to Mexico
He was seen in the footage trying to push and pry at the wall panels in the LAPD interview room following his arrest on March 9, when police found him
Baron, 23, was indicted Wednesday with several felony murder charges related to ‘killing his elderly boyfriend, 73, and encasing his body in concrete in bathtub in victim’s Hawaii home’
Baron who is in US illegally, was captured in California, having fled Honolulu after killing 73-year-old Gary Ruby
While in LAPD custody, he was seen trying to escape from thepolice interview room before being extradited back to Hawaii
The suspect allegedly, has confessed telling cops he killed his elderly lover in February after the latter told him he was HIV-positive
Baron put the body in a tub, then poured concrete over the tub and covered it with coffee grinds to mask the smell
Court documents have now revealed that he allegedly also forged documents to claim Ruby’s car and his multi-million dollar home
Baron faces life in prison with the possibility of parole if convicted
A 23-year-old who was allegedly in the United States illegally and is charged with murdering his elderly boyfriend and encasing his body in concrete. While in police custody Juan Tejedor Baron apparently tried to escape custody in Los Angeles.
Baron was arrested in California early last month in connection with the gruesome murder of 73-year-old Gary Ruby, who had been found entombed in cement in a bathtub at his $2.2million gated Honolulu home.
Baron was caught trying to flee the country following the murder, making it as far as the Golden State before he was apprehended by LAPD on March 9, who had found him ‘hiding in a crawl space under an enclosed bench’ of a Mexico-bound bus, police have said.
He was later taken into custody in California, where newly released court documents show he apparently tried to escape.
Photos taken from surveillance footage of police interview room where Baron was being held show him trying to push and pry the wall panels, according to KHON.
Prosecutors also say Baron is accused of unlawfully living in Ruby’s home and using his vehicle, as well as impersonating Ruby during the timeline of the horrific crime.
Baron has since confessed to the killing, which authorities believe took place sometime in February, telling cops he murdered longtime Honolulu resident Ruby, with whom he had been in a romantic relationship, after learning the latter was HIV positive.
He was later extradited back to Honolulu, and was indicted by an Oahu grand jury on one count of second-degree murder, one count of first-degree identity theft, and two counts of first-degree theft.
Investigators have since discovered that Baron last entered the US on June 26, 2018 on a tourist visa, and was allowed to stay in the country until December 25, 2018. However, prosecutors say he ‘overstayed’ his visa, and therefore remains out of status.
That means that if he is ever released from the Oahu Community Correctional Center, he would be transferred to federal custody, according to KITV. It would then be within the federal government’s purview to initiate deportation proceedings against him.
But for now he remains in custody without bail pending trial on June 5, Hawaii News Now reports. He is scheduled to attend a bail hearing next week.
If convicted, he faces life behind bars. Because the victim, Ruby, was over the age of 60, Baron’s sentence could be extended without parole, as well as the possibility of deportation.
Baron has previously confessed to killing Ruby after he told him he had HIV following a sexual encounter in February, spurring the suspect to strangle his much older lover with a belt, according to an arrest warrant.
‘Baron stated that he had sex with Gary but became angry after Gary informed Baron that Gary was HIV-positive,’ the warrant reads.
Baron stated that soon after, he noticed Gary choke slightly while eating, at which point he ‘reacted by placing a belt around Gary’s neck and tightening the belt until Gary lost consciousness.’
He also allegedly told the cops he then dragged the elderly man’s corpse to the bathtub, before using a ‘kitchen knife to slit Gary’s wrists in an effort to stage a suicide.’
Cops said that Baron then confessed to attempting to cover up the killing, pouring cement he found inside Ruby’s garage and coffee grounds over the victim’s body in the tub – before realizing that he did not have enough to submerge the victim.
‘Baron then drove to Lowe’s to purchase four additional bags of concrete and further filled the bathtub, covering Gary,’ the filing states.
Baron further told detectives that he then added coffee grounds to the bathtub concoction, to better mask the smell of Ruby’s decomposing body.
Court documents have also revealed that, following the murder, Baron made multiple attempts to trade Ruby’s Audi A6 at the Honolulu Audi and BMW showrooms.
At both locations, he allegedly attempted to convince sales agents that Ruby was his uncle who lived in Texas and said his ‘Uncle Gary’ was willing to sign all the required documents electronically, according to the court documents obtained by KITV.
He then allegedly provided sales associates at both locations with Ruby’s vehicle insurance, using Ruby’s personal email to transmit a copy of Ruby’s Hawaii drivers’ license, and ultimately presented the Audi general sales manager a fraudulently-obtained certificate of title issued on February 7.
That title said it was issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles Kapalama Satellite City Hall and named Baron as the registered owner.
According to court documents, Baron also purchased a sales deed for Ruby’s home on HawaiiDeed.com, paying $478.53 for the transfer with Ruby’s Mastercard and conducting the transaction with Ruby’s personal email address.
He then allegedly tried passing off both the multi-million dollar home and the Audi A6 as his own when questioned by lawmen investigating Ruby’s sudden disappearance.
To these enquiries Baron told officers he had purchased both from the deceased. That claim ultimately led police to become suspicious of the young imposter, unraveling the scam.
According to the arrest warrant, Baron had told the officer that he had bought the house off of Ruby about five years prior. But when the officer relayed that the property records indicated that Ruby had purchased the home in 2020, he allegedly ‘changed his story… saying he bought the residence two years ago and had the deed for it.’
That inconsistency served as enough grounds for suspicion for officers to enter the home the following day, where they found Ruby’s remains inside the master bedroom tub. A medical examiner identified the remains as Ruby’s by matching blood at the bottom of the tub to that of the home owner.
The death was promptly ruled a homicide, naming the fugitive Baron as a prime suspect.
Neighbors and Ruby’s own brother – who lives on the mainland – knew about the couple’s relationship. The latter told detectives that his brother had mentioned in an email ‘a new love interest named Juan’ who was ‘significantly younger.’
The affidavit notes that Baron was seen at the elderly man’s house inside the gated community.
Surveillance footage later obtained by authorities also showed Baron purchasing several bags of cement, and court documents say he had a receipt from Lowe’s on him for the purchase of Quikrete brand cement on February 7.
‘The initial case was a missing person investigation. It was not a criminal case,’ Lieutenant Deena Thoemmes told NBC News.
The search for Ruby began on Monday with Honolulu Police conducting a welfare check at Ruby’s home on Lelekepue Place in the gated community on Monday after a welfare call from his brother. His brother said he hadn’t heard from the 73-year-old since the beginning of February.
Responding officers could not locate the elderly home owner at his residence. However, cops did notice the bathtub was filled with a concrete-like substance.
Returning the next day, police discovered that Baron and Baron’s boyfriend, 34-year-old Scott Hannon had fled the home.
When they investigated the bathtub, they were overwhelmed by the smell of coffee.
Once officers began to smell human decomposition, they started to chip away at the concrete. ‘The body was in the standalone tub and it was in a state of decomposition once we chipped away at the concrete mixture,’ police said.
Baron and Hannon were later spotted at the Waikiki Hotel before they fled Hawaii to California.
Security footage shows the two loved-up men holding hands and being affectionate toward each other on hotel surveillance footage. Baron appeared to be looking up directions on his phone before they walked down the sidewalk toward an unknown destination with Hannon’s arm around the shorter man. Initially both men were ultimately booked into the LAPD Metropolitan Detention Center. Hannon was later freed, because there was ‘an insufficient complaint’ against him.