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Career Criminal Arrested for Kidnapping, Rape, Murder of N.C. Girl, 13

Posted on | December 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Career Criminal Arrested for Kidnapping, Rape, Murder of N.C. Girl, 13


On June 6, Michael Ray McLellan was paroled from prison after serving time for charges of felony breaking and entering and larceny of a motor vehicle. He had previously served time for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill:

Michael Ray McLellan forced his way into 21-year-old Teena Lewis’ home at gunpoint before beating her and then shooting her, according to [Fairmont, N.C.] police Sgt. Patrick Reed.
Chief Robert Hassell said Lewis was punched several times, shot twice in the torso and once in the leg. . . .
Police say Lewis’ 2-year-old daughter watched as her mother was assaulted.

That was in 2009, and not long after his June release from prison, police say, McLellan attempted to carjack a woman:

McLellan is accused of attacking a woman outside of her home on Pittman Street in the Fairmont neighborhood of Robeson County, Fairmont Police Chief Jon Edwards told the news station. The incident occurred on October 15. Police said McLellan approached a woman wearing dark clothing with a mask on his face and pointed a gun at the victim. He then tried to take her car and asked her for money, according to police. He then left the scene without hurting the woman, police said. 

McLellan was arrested on that charge Nov. 13, but by then, it was too late to save Hania Aguilar, an eighth-grader at Lumberton Junior High School. On the morning of Nov. 5, Hania went outside her home in the Rosewood Mobile Home Park and started the family’s SUV, then was standing in the driveway when a man approached: “A witness heard the girl scream and saw a man wearing black clothes and a yellow bandana force her into the SUV and drive away, police said.”

For the next three weeks, law enforcement searched for Hania. On Nov. 7, the FBI offered a $15,000 reward for information and released video of the stolen SUV seen driving through Lumberton moments after the kidnapping. On Nov. 8, the SUV was found abandoned and the FBI released surveillance video showing a man walking near the site of Hania’s abduction. But it was not until Nov. 28 that police found Hania’s body about 10 miles from her home “in a body of water.” DNA evidence apparently matched McLellan, who was already in jail on charges related to the Oct. 15 carjacking attempt. McLellan is charged with:

  • First degree murder
  • First degree forcible rape
  • Statutory rape of a person under 15 years of age or younger
  • First degree sexual offense
  • Statutory sex offense with a person 15 years or younger
  • First degree kidnapping
  • Felony larceny
  • Felony restraint
  • Abduction of child
  • Concealment of a death

Keep in mind that McLellan had already served time for shooting a woman three times, and had been paroled from prison on another felony just five months before he kidnapped Hania. Why did they ever let this career criminal out on the streets?


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