Racquel Sabean’s boyfriend revealed some disturbing red flags before the victim was found dead in a car trunk, her father told The US Sun exclusively.
Marine veteran Racquel Sabean, 40, of San Diego, Calif., was found in a red and white cooler in a Volkswagen Jetta in Mexico last May after residents reported a “foul smell.”
Her neck was broken and her seven-month-old daughter Valentina Sabean was missing. The child was later found safe with a babysitter in Mexico after an Amber Alert was issued.
Racquel’s boyfriend of two years, Tyler Adams – whom she knew by the name Paul Phillips – was stopped by Mexican police, but was reportedly uncooperative.
Police say the 50-year-old then fled the country by crossing the border into the United States, under the assumed name “Aaron Bain”, and remains on the run.
While he has not been charged with a crime, the FBI has confirmed they want to question him in connection with the murder.
Racquel’s father, David Sabean, told The US Sun exclusively that he would “bet my life” that Adams is his daughter’s killer.
He revealed that after an initial good first impression, David was suspicious of Adams after he revealed some dangerous red flags while dating his daughter.
Racquel had even said that while Adams was always nice to her and polite to her father when David left, it was a different story, he said.
David described the fugitive — who used more than a dozen aliases, according to the FBI — as a “fake” and a “master of disguise.”
He admits that he was initially impressed with Adams before things took a turn for the worse.
“He was super nice,” said David, who has berated police for letting him escape.
“Like when I met him, he said, ‘Hi, I’m a Mormon.’ He wore a white shirt and a black tie, and he said, “I was in the Navy, just like your daughter.”
“And I thought, Well, he’s a Mormon and you say you haven’t been drinking. And I never saw him drink. I thought, well, this is good.”
However, he later started noticing some disturbing signs that all didn’t seem to be all right in Racquel’s relationship.
David recalled his daughter telling him, “He’s nice to you. But when you’re not around, he’s not very nice to me,” when he talks about Adams.
“So I talked to her, I get her on, I say, ‘Hey, what’s up?’ [Do] you know? And she said, ‘Oh no, don’t worry, it’s nothing. I can handle it.’
“Eventually I started to think this guy is fake, right?”
David remembered questioning Adams about his Mormon beliefs.
“We went to the beach, he took his shirt off. When he took off his shirt. I saw a tattoo on his left arm.”
“And I looked at that and I thought you know what? I know Mormon families. I’ve never seen Mormons, real Mormons, who have tattoos,” he said.
David believes that chilling video surveillance taken from the Tijuana neighborhood where Racquel’s body was found proves that her boyfriend was the killer.
“In Mexico there is a video of it [Adams] park my daughter’s car,” David claimed.
“He wears black pants, black shoes, black mask, black gloves.”
“I saw it with my own eyes,” Racquel’s father continued.
“He parked her car where they found the body. There you go.”
David confirmed that Mexican police have access to the surveillance video, but Adams has not been charged.
Adams has filed other charges in Hawaii, such as first and second degree larceny.
Hawaiian officials called Adams a “con artist” and a “sociopath who had no regard for the victims’ property or those who might be affected by his criminal activities,” according to the San Diego Reader.
David was an outspoken critic of how Racquel’s case was first handled during critical moments, such as when Adams escaped.
The heartbroken father claimed that Mexican police took Adams to the border and gave him his phone, his fake ID that said Aaron Bain, and $200 in pesos.
When David questioned the officer who took Adams to the border and handed him these things, he said the officer told him to do it.
“Why would you give someone a fake ID?” David had asked.
“You know he isn’t.”
The U.S. Sun previously contacted the Tijuana Police Department’s Playas de Tijuana office, the office of Chief of Police Rafael Vásquez Hernández, and the Public Relations Office of the Secretary of Security and Civil Defense for comment and updates.
We have not received a response.