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Newly-released video of person police believe murdered a local woman

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Jul 25 2013 10:08:00 PM HST

It's the video detectives hope will lead to an arrest in an unsolved murder. Those surveillance images could reveal who stabbed a woman, leaving her dead in her driveway off of Punahou St.

HONOLULU -

There's newly-released video detectives hope will lead to an arrest in an unsolved murder. The surveillance images could reveal who stabbed a woman, leaving her dead in her driveway off of Punahou Street.

Police want you to take a close look at the video. It's the person they believe may have killed who friends say is Mary Beth San Juan, a real estate broker and aspiring actress.

The person in the video who police believe is a man dressed in women's clothing spends about two and a half minutes at the ATM at Manoa Market Place. Police say he used the victim's ATM card, appears to be holding a piece of paper and at one point glances at a phone.

"I think the person is wearing heavy clothing. I think if you look closely at it down by the ankles you can see the legs, they appear to be rather skinny," said Maj. Richard Robinson with HPD's criminal investigation division.

As the suspect walks away, you can see his dress and high heels. Although there's not a clear picture of his face, investigators are hoping someone recognizes his mannerisms. It's a major clue in this mysterious murder that's left friends shocked and outraged. The victim's body was found bound, gagged and rolled in a rug, dumped in her driveway, in plain sight off of busy Punahou Street, where she also worked. Police say she was stabbed repeatedly.

"We do not believe that this case is a random act. We do believe there is some sort of connection between the victim and the suspect, which is what we are looking into as part of the investigation," said Robinson.

San Juan's ex-husband found her body Tuesday night around 7 p.m. He flagged down a security guard, saying he tried calling his ex-wife several times, went to the home and saw that her brand-new 2013 Mercedes-Benz was missing. The car, police say, is the one the suspect used to drive to the ATM.

Police recovered the Mercedes at a metered stall on Kalakaua Avenue, at Kapiolani Park. They have questioned her ex-husband and say at this time he is not a suspect. If you have any information call Crimestoppers at 955-8300.

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