BREAKING: FBI arrests man, 34, for ‘kidnapping, raping and murdering’ missing North Carolina girl, 13, who was snatched outside her home and thrown into the back of an SUV a month ago
- Michael Ray McLellan, 34, has been charged with 10 felonies including first-degree murder, forcible rape and abduction of a child
- He was already in Lumberton police custody for unrelated crimes when arrested
- Hania Aguilar was snatched from her driveway at Rosewood Mobile Home Park and forced into the back of a family member’s idling SUV on November 5
- Her body was found 10 miles from her home on November 27
North Carolina authorities have arrested a man in connection with the kidnapping and murder of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar.
Michael Ray McLellan, 34, has been charged with 10 felonies for first-degree murder, first-degree forcible rape, statutory rape of a person under 15 years of age, first-degree sexual offense, statutory sex offense with a person 15 years or younger, first-degree kidnapping, felony larceny, felony restraint, abduction of child, and concealment of a death.
He was already in custody for unrelated charges at the time of his arrest.
Police say Hania was snatched from her driveway at Rosewood Mobile Home Park in Lumberton and forced into the back of a family member’s idling SUV on the morning of November 5.
The SUV was found several miles south of her mobile home park and her body was found a few miles further away on November 27.
North Carolina authorities have arrested 34-year-old Michael Ray McLellan in connection with the kidnapping, rape and murder of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar
Police say Aguilar was snatched from outside her home in Lumberton and forced into the back of an SUV on November 5. Her body was found last week
McLellan’s arrest came after results from an FBI forensic exam of the stolen SUV wer cross-matched with the results from preliminary tests on Hania’s body by the North Carolina State Crime Lab.
The 34-year-old stood before a state magistrate at the Robeson County Detention Center early on Saturday morning, according to Fox8.
He is currently being held at Robeson County Detention Center with no bond and is scheduled to appear in front of a judge on Monday morning at 9am EST.
Authorities say additional charges could be filed as the investigation is ongoing and final autopsy and toxicology reports have not yet been completed.
The map above shows the 10 miles between where Hania was abducted on November 5 and the stolen SUV was found three days later on November 8
Surveillance footage released by the FBI showed the SUV just after the abduction took place
A funeral for Hania will be held today in Lumberton, though her father Noé Aguilar, a Guatemalan citizen, will not be in attendance.
Noé’s visa was denied earlier this week because he ‘doesn’t have enough ties to the country’, according to his attorney Naimeh Salem.
‘To tell you the truth, with past administrations, we never had a problem like this,’ Salem, an immigration lawyer based in Texas, told the New York Times.
‘With [President Donald Trump’s] administration, most everything that is discretionary is getting denied.’
A mother by the name of Monique Cespedes created the ‘Permission for Hania’s Father to attend her funeral!’ petition, which has gotten more than 57,000 signatures by Saturday morning.
An update to a Change.org petition said the slain teen’s grandfather may attend the services in Noé’s absence.
A funeral for Hania will be held Saturday in Lumberton, though her father Noé Aguilar, a Guatemalan citizen, will not be in attendance because his visa was denied this week. A mother by the name of Monique Cespedes created the ‘ Permission for Hania’s Father to attend her funeral! ‘ petition, which has gotten more than 57,000 signatures as of Saturday morning
Noé Aguilar, the father of Hania Aguilar, 13, was denied because he ‘doesn’t have enough ties to the country,’ according to his attorney, Naimeh Salem