Suspect in violent Punahou Street homicide identified - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Suspect in violent Punahou Street homicide identified

Suspect: Vernon Baker, 41 Suspect: Vernon Baker, 41
Victim: Mary Beth San Juan, 56 Victim: Mary Beth San Juan, 56
Suspect Apprehended Saturday at Ala Moana Shopping Center Suspect Apprehended Saturday at Ala Moana Shopping Center
Suspect: Vernon Baker, 41 (Courtesy: Facebook) Suspect: Vernon Baker, 41 (Courtesy: Facebook)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Nearly four days after her body was discovered wrapped inside a carpet in the driveway of her Punahou Street home, Honolulu police have arrested a man in connection with the violent murder of Mary Beth San Juan.

Police investigators confirmed to Hawaii News Now on Saturday that 41-year-old Vernon Baker was arrested without incident on suspicion of second degree murder at the Ala Moana Shopping Center just after 2:30 p.m.

Investigators have also confirmed that Baker is a Hawaii resident and an acquaintance of the victim, though it was not immediately clear how he and the victim knew each other or if they were romantically involved.

A Facebook search for a man named Vernon Baker reveals a profile with photographs that appear to match those of the suspect in police custody. The profile, which is named "Vernon Lux Baker," also lists Mary Beth San Juan as one of its Facebook friends.

San Juan, 56, died after being stabbed multiple times, according to official autopsy results released by the Honolulu Medical Examiner on Friday. Her body was discovered on Tuesday evening.

On Thursday, police released surveillance tapes from a security camera of an individual they believed to be the primary suspect in the case. Grainy images showed what investigators said was likely a man wearing a woman's clothing using the victim's card at a bank machine in Manoa.

Early Friday morning, the victim's wallet was found in a dumpster outside of the Waikiki Beachside Hostel, police sources confirm.

Public information received by police after the tapes were released helped police identify the suspect, and two tips that were given to police have been described as "critical" in assisting police with an arrest. Police reportedly began searching for the suspect who is now in custody at some point on Saturday morning.

Officials believe Baker was staying in Waikiki, though are unable to confirm exactly where.

Baker was reportedly taken to the hospital after he was arrested for injuries described as being unrelated to the murder. He is currently in police custody at an area hospital. 

Stay with Hawaii News Now for more details as they develop.

Related story: WATCH surveillance video of Punahou St. homicide suspect

 

Follow Hawaii News Now:    

Copyright 2013 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved. 

Slideshow Punahou suspect (SIDEBAR)

Updated:

Images from surveillance video showing murder suspect using victim's ATM card. More>>

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Learning from the pros: Jonesboro football camp enlists help from former NFL player

    Learning from the pros: Jonesboro football camp enlists help from former NFL player

    Friday, July 28 2017 9:22 AM EDT2017-07-28 13:22:56 GMT
    Friday, July 28 2017 10:04 AM EDT2017-07-28 14:04:04 GMT
    (Source: AAMEN Facebook page)(Source: AAMEN Facebook page)

    If you’re looking for a weekend activity for your child, there’s a youth football camp happening in Jonesboro that may be a good fit for your kid.

    If you’re looking for a weekend activity for your child, there’s a youth football camp happening in Jonesboro that may be a good fit for your kid.

  • Woman airlifted following MO crash

    Woman airlifted following MO crash

    Friday, July 28 2017 7:14 AM EDT2017-07-28 11:14:57 GMT
    Friday, July 28 2017 7:21 AM EDT2017-07-28 11:21:05 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    A Missouri woman is in an Arkansas hospital after a crash in Pemiscot County.

    A Missouri woman is in an Arkansas hospital after a crash in Pemiscot County.

  • Helmets and Heels event educates women on football program

    Helmets and Heels event educates women on football program

    Thursday, July 27 2017 11:38 PM EDT2017-07-28 03:38:36 GMT
    Thursday, July 27 2017 11:43 PM EDT2017-07-28 03:43:26 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Lady fans of the Red Wolves in Region 8 got a chance to learn more about the football program Thursday at the 6th Annual Helmets and Heels event.

    Lady fans of the Red Wolves in Region 8 got a chance to learn more about the football program Thursday at the 6th Annual Helmets and Heels event.

Powered by Frankly