How cops say 73-year-old Hawaiian Gary Ruby ended up dead in a concrete-filled bathtub

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A 23-year-old man has confessed to killing a lover five decades his senior after learning he was HIV-positive – before embarking on a twisted cover-up scheme that involved pouring cement and coffee grounds over the body of the victim in a bathtub and seized his car and multi-mullioned home in Hawaii, police said.

Juan Tejedor Baron is charged with murder, robbery and identity theft in the February killing of 73-year-old Gary Ruby, who police say was found encased in cement and coffee grounds in a free-standing bathtub at the inside his home in Hawaii Loa Ridge. Baron was arrested Wednesday after authorities found him “hiding in a crawl space under a closed bench” in the back of a Greyhound bus bound for Mexico.

He is now being held without bail pending extradition to Honolulu after he allegedly admitted to murdering Ruby, with whom he had a romantic relationship. It is not immediately clear whether he has retained the services of a lawyer.

An affidavit obtained by The Daily Beast notes that neighbors and Ruby’s own brother knew about the couple’s relationship, noting that Baron was seen at the elderly man’s home inside the gated community.

According to property records, Ruby purchased the home in 2020 for nearly $2.2 million.

“He’s a man who worked hard all his life, every day, being thrifty to afford the house he wanted as his forever home. He worked so hard, to have your golden years, and two years later, it’s all gone,” Lore Woodley, the real estate agent who helped Ruby with the property, KITV said.

On the day of the murder, authorities said, “Baron said he had sex with Gary but became angry after Gary informed Baron that Gary was HIV-positive.

“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. “, adds the affidavit.

Baron said he then dragged the elderly man he was dating into the bathtub, before using a “kitchen knife to sever Gary’s wrists in an attempt to stage a suicide”. Desperate to cover up his crime, Baron said he then decided to kill the tub with bags of concrete he found inside the garage, but only had enough to partially cover it. .

“We always thought he just had a good job, lots of money. He drove an Audi, like an A6 or an A8 or whatever, lived in a nice house and so on. ”

“Baron then went to Lowe’s to buy four more bags of concrete and then filled the tub, covering Gary. Baron said he used coffee grounds to cover the cement in an attempt to disguise the smell. of decomposition,” the affidavit reads.

After the murder, Baron admitted to taking over the ownership papers for Ruby’s gold 2020 Audi A6 and even intended to try to acquire the house.

Authorities said they first became aware of the incident on Monday, when Ruby’s brother requested a checkup after not hearing from the 73-year-old for three weeks. Ruby’s brother told police his brother mentioned in an email that he had “met a new love interest named Juan” who was “much younger”.

When an officer from the Honolulu Police Department arrived at Ruby’s home, Baron said he bought the house about five years ago. But when the officer relayed that property records indicated Ruby purchased the home in 2020, Baron “changed his story, saying he purchased the residence two years ago and had the deed. property for it”.

The inconsistency prompted officers to enter the home on Tuesday, where Ruby was found in the master bedroom tub. A medical examiner concluded Ruby’s blood was at the bottom of the tub and ruled her death a homicide.

The Los Angeles Police Department and U.S. Marshals captured Baron on Wednesday, shortly before also arresting a 34-year-old man who local police say was also seen leaving Ruby’s home. The 34-year-old was later released after evidence suggested he had nothing to do with the murder.

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

“A few weeks ago we started messaging on Tinder, then we made a date to go out, then we met at a bar,” Kai Johnson 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 worked as a creative financial adviser, in part to explain why he used Ruby’s money and paid bar tabs.

“We always thought he just had a good job, lots of money,” he added. “He drove an Audi, like an A6 or an A8 or whatever, lived in a nice house and so on. We didn’t think about it. »

Johnson said Baron even invited him and his friends to the Loa Ridge house, but when they went to visit a room it was still forbidden. The last time Johnson saw Baron was last Friday, just three days before Baron was considered a suspect in Ruby’s murder.

While Johnson admitted to the local outlet that he had seen no indication of Baron’s wrongdoing, he and his friends were left panicked by news of the murder.

“It could have been me,” he said

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