Authorities in North Carolina say they’ve found the man responsible for kidnapping and killing 13-year-old Hania Aguilar.
ABC6 reports that Michael Ray McLellan, 34, has been charged with murder, kidnapping, and numerous other felonies in connection with Hania’s death. The suspect was already behind bars, arrested on November 13 for unrelated charges. The convicted felon was previously charged in 2007 for burglary. On October 15, just weeks before he kidnapped and killed Hania, he robbed a woman at gunpoint and tried to steal her car, according to police.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Hania was standing in the driveway of her family home in Lumberton on November 5, at the Rosewood Mobile Home Park, when man wearing all black clothing and a yellow bandana over his face grabbed her. The suspect forced the girl into her aunt’s SUV, that she had just started up for her family before they were to drive her to school.
The abduction happened within minutes and the suspect fled the scene with Hania and the vehicle before anyone could stop him.
Police found the vehicle abandoned a few days later, off of Quincey Drive in Lumberton after someone called 911 after spotting it. The FBI’s evidence response team immediately began processing the vehicle for evidence.
On November 27, authorities found Hania, deceased and submerged in a body of water in Robeson County, off of Wire Grass Road, at around 4:45 p.m
Authorities arrested McLellan after receiving results from the FBI’s laboratory at Quantico, in connection with evidence found on the SUV.
McLellan is currently being held at the Robeson County Detention Center without bond. He’s scheduled for a court hearing on Monday morning. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Michael McLellan, Hania Aguilar/Police Handout]