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Male Prostitute Arrested in Murder of Married Psychiatrist Found Strangled in His Hotel Room

Dr. Howard Baker, left, was found strangled to death. Manuel Baez, right, has been arrested. Dr. Howard Baker, left, was found strangled to death. Manuel Baez, right, has been arrested.

A homeless male prostitute has been arrested for allegedly strangling a prominent psychiatrist in a Philadelphia hotel room.

Manuel Baez, 27, is being charged with the murder of Dr. Howard Baker, 75, who was found killed inside his room at the Rodeway Inn on Monday afternoon, police said.

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Baker, who was married with two adult sons, was found naked on the floor with a belt around his neck, the Associated Press reported.

Surveillance footage showed him leaving the room twice and returning with a different man each time. A man, believed to be Baez, was later seen leaving with Baker's backpack and wallet.

Homicide captain James Clark told Philly.com on Thursday that Baez "gave a full confession."

"During whatever was going on inside of the room, he made the decision he was going to kill and rob him," Clark said.

Baez, who police said is homeless, does not have a lawyer listed.

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Baker, who had told his wife he was in the area to watch the Eagles game, checked into the hotel room on Sunday. He had an office nearby and listed "relationship problems" as one of his areas of specialty.

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