Documents detail what led to concrete body in Hawaii bathtub | News

HONOLULU (AP) — A 23-year-old man allegedly killed his 73-year-old lover, attempted to pass it off as suicide, poured cement over her body in a bathtub, and planned to fraudulently seize her car and home in one of Hawaii’s most exclusive gated communities, police said in court documents filed Friday.

Juan Tejedor Baron is charged with murder, robbery and impersonation in the death of Gary Ruby, whose decomposing body was excavated by authorities earlier this week from a freestanding bathtub in Ruby’s home in Hawaii Loa Ridge.

U.S. Marshals and Los Angeles Police arrested Baron after finding him in a crawl space in the back of a Mexico-bound bus in Anaheim, California. He was being held without bond pending extradition to Honolulu, and it was unclear whether he had an attorney.

According to a Honolulu police affidavit, Baron told an LAPD detective that he became angry with Ruby after having sex.

“Baron said that soon after he noticed Gary choking on food, and Baron reacted by placing a belt around Gary’s neck and tightening the belt until Gary passed out. “, says the affidavit.

He allegedly dragged Ruby into a tub and used a kitchen knife to stage a suicide, then filled the tub with concrete he found in the garage, according to the affidavit, but that only partially covered the body.

So Baron went to a home improvement store and bought four more bags of concrete to fill the tub, according to the affidavit, and “he used coffee grounds to cover the cement in an effort to disguise the smell of decomposition”. Court documents do not specify when the murder allegedly took place.

Baron allegedly falsified ownership papers to obtain title to Ruby’s 2020 Audi on Feb. 7, according to the affidavit, and planned to acquire her home. According to property records, Ruby bought the house in 2002 for nearly $2.2 million.

Honolulu police say they received a call Monday from Ruby’s brother, who hadn’t heard from her in three weeks. Ruby’s last email to her brother mentioned that he had “met a new love named Juan” who was much younger.

Two officers drove to the house, where Baron told them he had bought the house from Ruby five years ago. Baron changed his story, saying he bought it two years ago, after police told him Ruby bought it in 2020, according to the affidavit. Baron claimed to have the deed to the house.

The gated community’s operations manager told police that on Monday, Baron arrived at the main office to register as the new owner of Ruby’s home, according to the affidavit, and the manager received an e email of Ruby’s documented email address with deed documents but no notary or signature on it.

On Tuesday, police, an investigating medical examiner and medical examiner entered the home and found the tub covered in cement and coffee in the master bathroom with Ruby’s body in the bottom of the tub.

Shortly after Baron was captured on Wednesday, marshals and LAPD arrested a 34-year-old man whom Honolulu police saw leaving Ruby’s home when they spoke with Baron earlier in the week. .

The 34-year-old was later released after it was determined he was not involved in Ruby’s death, Honolulu police said.


This story has been corrected to show that the court documents were filed on Friday, not Thursday.

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