Update on Jupiter Welfare Check HomicideHansel Escobal
August 17, 2018
2nd Suspect ARRESTED, ADJUDICATED and SENTENCED in Cuban Court
First Time EVER in the history of the United States
On July 19, 2015, approximately 10:00 am, deputies were dispatched to complete a welfare check on the homeowner living in the 9700 block of Mockingbird Trail, Jupiter. After a cursory check of the residence deputies located a male inside deceased. Further investigation determined the victim, retired Dr. Ronald Schwartz, was a victim of Homicide. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Division were called to investigate further.
During the course of the investigation, PBSO Homicide Detectives identified Marcos Yanes Gutierrez and Saul Lopez as the two suspects responsible for the murder of Ronald Schwartz. Arrest warrants were signed by a judge in December of 2015. Lopez was located and arrested. Gutierrez was found to have fled the U.S. to Cuba.
Members of the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation assisted with communication with the Cuban government. A determination was made that Marcos Yanes Gutierrez wound not be extradited to the United States but would be tried for murder in Cuba on Palm Beach County Homicide charges.
Members of the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office and a detective from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit traveled to Cuba to meet with Cuban prosecutors. For the very first time in the history of the United States and Cuban government, a Cuban citizen was put on trial in Cuba for a murder committed in the United States.
Also, the first time in the history of the United States and Cuba, a law enforcement officer from the United States testified in a criminal trial in Cuba. This law enforcement officer was a detective from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. A prosecutor from the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office was also present during this trail.
During a trail held in February 2018, Marcos Yanes Gutierrez was found guilty of the murder of Dr. Ronald Schwartz and sentenced to 20 years in Cuban prison.
Co-defendant Saul Lopez is still awaiting his murder trial here in Palm Beach County.
** UPDATE* – Media Advisory
January 5, 2016
After a further investigation detectives developed two suspects in the heinous death of Dr. Ronald Schwartz. Suspect 1, Saul Lopez, DOB: 2/21/88, of Miami, was arrested on December 27, 2015, for Armed Robbery & First Degree Murder. He is currently being housed at the PBC main jail awaiting trial.
Detectives believe suspect 2 may have fled to his native country. They are currently working with federal authorities regarding extradition.
Lopez worked for the victim prior to the murder. Cash, jewelry and firearms were stolen in the robbery, which occurred at Schwartz’s house. Investigators recovered property stolen from Schwartz when they executed a search warrant at Lopez’s home in Miami in September. At that time, he was arrested and charged with burglary and theft.
Homicide detectives obtained incriminating statements from Lopez that implicated himself and the suspect in the murder of Schwartz.
** UPDATE **
Date: July 20, 2015
The victim has been identified as Ronald Oliver Schwartz, DOB: 6/28/50. No additional information to add. The investigation is active and ongoing.
Date: July 19, 2015
Time: 10:00 am
Location: 9700 block of Mockingbird Trail, Jupiter
Deputies were dispatched to complete a welfare check on the homeowner living in the 9700 block of Mockingbird Trail, Jupiter. After a cursory check of the residence deputies located a male inside deceased. Deputies believed the deceased death to be suspicious so detectives from the Violent Crimes Division were called to investigate further. A search warrant was obtained to enter the residence. Further investigation determined the homeowner was a victim of a homicide.
Detectives are currently on scene investigating further.
No suspect info at this time.
More information will be released when it becomes available.