SAN ANTONIO -- In a confession to police, Ivan Cruz Aguilar allegedly admitted to murdering a man visiting San Antonio for a funeral.
However, during his confession, Aguilar provided a most shocking motive to police.
Aguilar is charged with the killing of Vincent Mark Diaz on Dec. 23, 2013.
Police said the 42-year-old victim came into town on Dec. 21. He was scheduled to depart on Christmas Eve; however, Diaz was murdered before he could leave.
According to court documents, Diaz attended the funeral rosary before heading to a bar afterwards. Investigators said Diaz's family became concerned when he did not attend the burial the next day.
During a welfare check, hotel staff noticed a ‘do not disturb’ sign hanging on the victim’s hotel door in the 100 block of S. Laredo St., according to the arrest warrant.
Hotel employees finally opened the door around 2:30 p.m., that's when the staff called 911.
Investigators said Diaz had been bound and strangled to death. Officers discovered several pieces of Louis Vuitton luggage and expensive jewelry had been taken from the room.
Police gathered surveillance video from the hotel, which showed a man entering the hotel with Diaz.
A few hours later, the same suspect left the hotel with some of the victim’s property, police said.
Other evidence collected helped determine the man to be Aguilar, according to the San Antonio Police Department.
Officers said Aguilar confessed to strangling Diaz after the two consummated their friendship inside the hotel room -- after leaving the bar together earlier that night.
Aguilar told police the victim had claimed to have infected Aguilar with a virus. That's when, the 35-year-old suspect said, he killed Diaz.
Aguilar is being held on a $250,000 bond.