HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Citing a lack of probable cause, Los Angeles authorities have released one of the two suspects arrested in California following a grisly murder at an East Honolulu home.
It’s the latest twist in a case that’s made national headlines.
HNN has confirmed that 34-year-old Scott Hannon was released Thursday from the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, just a day after being captured following an intense manhunt.
He was not transferred to another agency.
The second suspect, 23-year-old Juan Tejedor Baron, remains locked up without bail as he awaits an extradition hearing.
HNN is waiting for details from HPD on why Hannon was released. The city Prosecutor’s Office declined to comment, citing the investigation.
Honolulu police have accused the two of murdering a 73-year-old Hawaii Loa Ridge homeowner, encasing his body in concrete in a standalone bathtub and covering the concrete with coffee grounds.
Police say the victim and Baron were in an intimate relationship, but the motive behind the murder remains a mystery.
The two were arrested Wednesday after fleeing to California.
HPD said it worked with US Marshals and the Los Angeles Police Department to track them down. Authorities said Baron was in Anaheim and allegedly trying to flee to Mexico on a Greyhound bus. They said he was found in a crawl space after he pulled back a metal plate and hid under an enclosed bench seat. Meanwhile, Hannon was arrested at an intersection in Inglewood.
The suspects were captured a day after Honolulu police officers questioned and then released them.
The men were questioned by police late Monday but then released about 1 am Tuesday – before authorities discovered the body in the Hawaii Loa Ridge home. Sources say officers then gave the suspects a ride to Waikiki from the scene while detectives were investigating the crime.
There apparently was not enough probable cause at that time to arrest or detain the men and police wanted their car so officers shuttled them to Waikiki but did not assign the men a plainclothes tail.
That allowed the suspects to slip to the airport and jump on a plane for California.
Lt. Deena Thoemmes, of the Honolulu Police Department Criminal Investigation Division, has said Baron has a residence in Texas and Hannon traveled with a passport but had a Massachusetts address.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
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