Tourists shared a room with Makiki murder suspect at Waikiki hostel

Vernon Baker
Vernon Baker

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We have new details about the man police have in custody, accused of stabbing to death Oahu realtor Mary Beth San Juan.

KHON2 spoke with two girls who were “rooming” with the murder suspect at the Waikiki Beachside Hostel.

Two young women were shocked to find out one of their roommates at the Waikiki Beachside Hostel is now being investigated for murder.

“It was really scary because that person was sleeping in the room right next to us, right next to us,” visitor Jessica Varady said.

They didn’t know 41-year-old Vernon Baker before being assigned to a dorm room with him.

But they did notice some strange behavior.

“He wasn’t normal like the usual people that come through are very nice,” Varady describes. “He seemed very too himself and didn’t really want to talk.”

“He checked in really late to our room and then was out all night and came back 11:30 or 12,” visitor Allyson Bronis said.

Police said in a press conference on Saturday, some key evidence, including DNA, links Baker to the killing of San Juan.

San Juan was found brutally murdered and wrapped in a carpet fronting her Punahou home Tuesday night.

Police got a big break in the case Thursday night, when San Juan’s wallet was found in a garbage bag in front of the Waikiki Beachside Hostel.

“They were out in the dumpster one night and came up to our room the next day,” Bronis said.

Police have not confirmed exactly how Baker and San Juan knew each other. They only confirmed they were acquaintances.

Baker had told one of his roommates he was originally from the Big Island and had plans to move to Alaska.

Baker remains in police custody.

He has not yet been charged.

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