An arrest has been made in the November 5, 2018 kidnapping of an area teen.
According to sources, 34-year-old Michael Ray McLellan is the man responsible for the kidnapping of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar earlier this month.
Aguilar, who was getting ready to leave for school, was waiting on her family outside of their home in the Rosewood Mobile Home Park when she was forced into the family’s SUV shortly before 7 a.m.
A few days after she went missing, a witness came forward and told the FBI that they “saw a male subject dressed in all black and wearing a yellow bandanna force Hania into a relative’s vehicle that was parked in the driveway.”
Michael Ray McLellan, who has been in the custody of Robeson County Sheriff’s Office since November 13, was previously accused of kidnapping a woman outside of her home off Pittman Street, in Fairmont community, in Robeson County, according to the Fairmont Police Chief, Jon Edwards.
At the time of the unrelated incident, McLellan approached the woman wearing dark clothing with a mask on his face.
Sources tell The North Carolina Beat, that, while McLellan was in custody on the unrelated charge, he was interviewed by law enforcement officers and admitted to kidnapping, raping, and dumping Aguilar’s body near a pond on Wiregrass Road where he lived.
McLellan alleged confession is what sources say led police to the area around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, and upon their arrival, a body, believed to be that of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar, was discovered.
The North Carolina Beat spoke with McLellan’s mother, Carrie McLellan Tuesday night who confirmed that Michael lived with his father on Wiregrass Road in Lumberton, North Carolina.
Carrie said Michael was taken from her and given to his father when he was only 13-years-old and ever since, lived on Wiregrass Road.
Officials at Robeson County Sheriff’s Office said, McLellan, is in their custody under a $2 million bond on the charges of second-degree kidnapping and attempted armed robbery.
Detention officers at Robeson County Jail were told that they were not allowed to release information about McLellan charges or his connections to 13-year-old Hania Aguilar.
Officials have yet to release the identity of the body found Tuesday evening or a suspect in the case.