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PICTURED: Hawaii man found encased in tub after ‘boyfriend’, 23, ‘choked him to death with a belt

A 23-year-old Hawaii man has confessed to murdering his much-older lover after finding out he had HIV, police say, in a plot that saw the Honolulu resident try to cover up the killing by encasing the victim’s rotting body in concrete in a bathtub.

California cops arrested Juan Tejedor Baron shortly after 5pm Wednesday in connection with the gruesome murder after slain 73-year-old Gary Ruby was found Tuesday entombed in cement in a tub at his $2.2million gated Honolulu home.

Baron had attempted to flee the country following the murder, making it as far as a bus terminal in the Golden State before he was apprehended by LA-based lawmen, who found the man ‘hiding in a crawl space under an enclosed bench’ of a Mexico-bound bus, police said.

Now, nearly a week after the arrest, Baron, currently in California lockup pending extradition to Honolulu, has confessed to the killing, telling cops he murdered longtime Honolulu resident Ruby – with whom he had been in a romantic relationship – after learning the latter was HIV positive.

According to the arrest warrant, Baron told detectives he killed the victim 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.

‘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.’ 

The body of longtime Honolulu resident Gary Ruby, 73, was found by Hawaii police February 8 encased in concrete in a bathtub inside of his $2.2million

Juan Baron, 23, was arrested by US Marshals and LAPD after being found hiding under a bench aboard a Mexico-bound Greyhound bus in California. While detained, he confessed to killing of his 73-year-old boyfriend in the latter's Hawaii home

Juan Baron, 23, was arrested by US Marshals and LAPD after being found hiding under a bench aboard a Mexico-bound Greyhound bus in California. While detained, he confessed to killing of his 73-year-old boyfriend in the latter’s Hawaii home

Baron told 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 slain senior.

‘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.

‘Baron stated he used coffee grounds to cover the cement in an effort to conceal the smell of decomposition,’ the affidavit states. 

Following the murder, Baron attempt to pass of Ruby’s gold 2020 Audi A6 and multi-mullion dollar home as his own when questioned by lawmen investigating Ruby’s sudden disappearance, telling officers he had purchased both from the deceased.

According to the warrant, Baron admitted to officers to taking over ownership papers of Ruby’s car and had plans to even try to acquire the home.    

Baron is charged with murder, theft, and identify theft for the killing, which police contend took place in February. He is being held without bail.

It is not immediately clear if he has retained a lawyer in the case.

Authorities said in the filing that they first became aware of the case Monday, when Ruby’s brother asked for a wellness check after not hearing from him for three weeks.

The murder took place at Ruby's home, situated in one of Hawaii's 'premier residential neighborhoods,' Hawaii Loa Ridge, where homes are currently on sale anywhere from $2.5million to $27million. Ruby's home reportedly cost $2.2million

The murder took place at Ruby’s home, situated in one of Hawaii’s ‘premier residential neighborhoods,’ Hawaii Loa Ridge, where homes are currently on sale anywhere from $2.5million to $27million. Ruby’s home reportedly cost $2.2million

A Honolulu police officer arrived at Ruby’s home later that day to find Baron, who told him he had bought the house off Ruby about five years ago. 

However, when the officer relayed that property records indicated that Ruby had purchased the home in 2020, Baron ‘changed his story,’ the warrant reveals, ‘saying he bought the residence two years ago and had the deed for it.’

The 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 senior’s. 

The death was promptly ruled a homicide, with a then-nowhere-to-be Baron named a prime suspect.

As police searched for leads, Ruby’s brother told officers that his brother had mentioned in an email ‘a new love interest named Juan’ who was ‘significantly younger.’ 

The affidavit notes that neighbors and Ruby’s own brother knew about the couple’s relationship – noting that Baron was seen at the elder man’s house inside the gated community. 

On Wednesday, LA lawmen and U.S. Marshals captured Baron, shortly before also arresting a 34-year-old man whom local police say was also seen leaving Ruby’s house. 

The man, reported to be Baron’s lover, 34-year-old Scott Hannon, has since been released, with police deeming that he was not involved in the murder.  

Baron's other lover, Scott Hannon, 34, was arrested in Anaheim, California, on Wednesday, but was released the next day after police discerned he played no part in the murder

Baron’s other lover, Scott Hannon, 34, was arrested in Anaheim, California, on Wednesday, but was released the next day after police discerned he played no part in the murder

The body of Gary Ruby was found encased in concrete inside his bathtub at his luxury home near Honolulu on Tuesday

The body of Gary Ruby was found encased in concrete inside his bathtub at his luxury home near Honolulu on Tuesday 

Victim Gary Ruby, 73, lived on a corner of a 357 Lelekepue Place (pictured) in the exclusive 557 home community

Victim Gary Ruby, 73, lived on a corner of a 357 Lelekepue Place (pictured) in the exclusive 557 home community

Both men had fled Hawaii to California following the killing at the ritzy Hawaii Loa Ridge gate community home near Honolulu. 

Ruby’s body had also been covered with coffee grounds under the concrete to mask the smell of decay, according to police. 

Honolulu Police had visited Ruby’s home on Lelekepue Place in the gated community on Monday after a welfare call after his brother – who lives on the mainland – had said he hadn’t heard from the 730year-old since the beginning of February. 

When officers arrived, they found Ruby’s 23-year-old live-in boyfriend, Baron. Ruby’s brother told police he was aware of their relationship. 

Officers searched the three-bedroom and bath home for the homeowner, but were unable to locate him. But police did notice the bathtub was filled with a ‘concrete-like substance.’  

VICTIM'S BOYFFRIEND: Baron, 23, is being held in jail without bond in connection with the grisly murder of Gary Ruby in Honolulu

VICTIM’S BOYFFRIEND: Baron, 23, is being held in jail without bond in connection with the grisly murder of Gary Ruby in Honolulu 

SUSPECT'S LOVER: Hannon, 34, was arrested in Inglewood, California, and spent less than 24 hours in jail before being released

SUSPECT’S LOVER: Hannon, 34, was arrested in Inglewood, California, and spent less than 24 hours in jail before being released 

The lovers were seen holding hands and wrapping their arms around each other at a Waikiki hotel on Tuesday - the day after the police came to the house

The lovers were seen holding hands and wrapping their arms around each other at a Waikiki hotel on Tuesday – the day after the police came to the house

The pair were seen wrapping their arms around each other at a Waikiki hotel on Tuesday, before fleeing to California

The pair were seen wrapping their arms around each other at a Waikiki hotel on Tuesday, before fleeing to California 

The couple were seen holding hands as they walked through the hotel

The couple were seen holding hands as they walked through the hotel

‘The initial case was a missing person investigation. It was not a criminal case,’ Lieutenant Deena Thoemmes told NBC News.

Police returned the following day to find Baron and Hannon had fled.

When they investigated the bathtub, they were overwhelmed by the smell of coffee.

‘When we entered the apartment, we smelled coffee, no doubt,’ Thoemmes of the Honolulu Police Department told NBC News. 

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.’ 

Baron and Hannon were seen at the Waikiki Hotel on Tuesday before fleeing 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.

On Wednesday, Baron was found under a bench seat on a Greyhound bus headed to Mexico around 4pm PST. Police said the fugitive had pulled back a metal plate near the restroom and crawled under the enclosed seat. Hannon was apprehended in Inglewood near the West Manchester Boulevard and South Oat Street intersection around 6pm PST. 

Both men were booked into the Los Angeles Police Department Metropolitan Detention Center, but Hannon was freed at 14.31pm on Thursday, with the authorities citing ‘an insufficient complaint’ as the reason for his release. 

Ruby lived one of the most ‘premier residential neighborhoods’ in Hawaii Loa Ridge, where homes are currently on sale anywhere from $2.5million to $27million. The gated community – which consists of 557 homes – has been described as the ‘haven of elegant and luxurious homes’ with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

The ridge is located near Waikiki Beach and is set in the foothills of the Ko’olau Mountain and near downtown Honolulu. 

The community includes a tennis court, private roads with controlled access, a park with picnic tables, 24 hours security, a community building, and is a part of the homeowner’s association. 

Ruby’s own home featured three bedrooms and three bathrooms and sat on the corner of the road. The lavish home feature a bright and rustic interior with light paneling and dark, cherry wood adorning most of the home. 

The stucco home featured a Spanish-style feel with a similar vibe as the interior with contrasting light foundation with a dark, shingled roof. The house was surrounded by lush green lawns and many palm trees with views of the bright blue Pacific, giving the perfect summer home feel. 

The bathroom he was found in had a grey stone backsplash behind the tub, matching the black cabinets under the sink and the tiling in the shower. The standalone tub was oval shaped in plain white with a high silver facet and surrounded by light gray flooring and walls and a separate adjoining room for the toilet. 

The community had great views of the Pacific Ocean and was near downtown Honolulu

The community had great views of the Pacific Ocean and was near downtown Honolulu 

Public records reveal that Ruby purchased the house in 2020 for nearly $2.2 million.

‘He’s a man who worked hard all his life, every day, being frugal to afford the home he wanted as his forever home. He worked so hard, to have your golden years, and two years later, all that be gone,’ Lore Woodley, the real-estate agent who helped Ruby obtain the property, told KITV.   

While details of how Baron and Ruby met are still unclear, one Hawaiian man told a local news outlet that he met the 23-year-old on a dating app just a few weeks before the murder.

‘A few weeks ago we started messaging on Tinder and then we set up a date to go out, and then we met up at a bar,’ Kai Jonhson told Hawaii NewsNow on Friday, adding that he even introduced Baron to his friends. Johnson said Baron told the group that he and his parents were wealthy and that he worked as a creative financial advisor—in part to explain why he was using Ruby’s money and paying for bar tabs.

‘We always thought that he just had a good job, good money,’ he added. ‘He was driving some Audi, like an A6 or A8 or whatever, living in a nice house and so forth. We didn’t think anything of it.’

Johnson said that Baron even invited him and his friends to the Loa Ridge home—but that when they went to visit one room was always off-limits. The last time Johnson saw Baron was last Friday, just three days before Baron was deemed a suspect in Ruby’s murder.

While Johnson admitted to the local outlet that he did not see any indication of Baron’s misdeeds, he and his friends were freaked out about the news of the murder.

‘That could’ve been me,’ he said. 

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