THE soldier who “bludgeoned Vanessa Guillen to death” and the “civilian who helped him cut up her body” have been identified.
Cecily Anne Aguilar, 22, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to tamper with evidence, the US Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Texas announced on Thursday.
The complaint also identified 20-year-old US Army Specialist Aaron Robinson.
It said that the soldier told Aguilar that he killed Guillen “by striking her in the head with a hammer” and that he “further admitted to Aguilar that he transferred the woman’s body off of Fort Hood to a remote site in Bell County.”
The document states that Robinson enlisted Aguilar’s help in disposing of the dead body.
It further alleged that, at a later time, Aguilar recognized the deceased, who’s body she helped to mutilate and dispose of, as Vanessa Guillen.
However, the remains have not yet been formally identified as Guillen’s.
Vanessa Guillen was a 20-year-old American soldier posted at Fort Hood, Texas who went missing in April.
Private first class Guillen was last seen at a parking lot at the US Army base in Texas. Her car keys, ID card, wallet and barracks key were found at her work after she went missing.
Initially, 500 soldiers a day were searching the area nearby for Guillen, but the US Army’s Criminal Investigation Command soon took over.
Earlier this week, human remains were found near the Leon River in Bell County, roughly 20 miles east of Fort Hood. Guillen’s family announced on Wednesday that they believed the remains were hers.
Military officials said they identified two suspects — another soldier and a civilian — in her disappearance, but the soldier shot himself and died after they tried contacting him Wednesday.
The duo have now been identified as soldier Aaron Robinson and civilian Cecily Anne Aguilar.
Aguilar now faces up to 20 years in prison with a maximum $250,000 fine.
She will remain in custody as she awaits her initial court hearing, which is expected to take place early next week.
However, Robinson shot and killed himself earlier this week when confronted by police, the complaint states.
The suicide came after authorities allegedly found concrete-sealed human remains near the Fort Hood base – where Robinson was reportedly a soldier.
Guillen’s family attorney, Natalie Kwaham, told Nancy Grace that the incident occurred just hours after remains were found in a shallow grave.
She said the Robinson ran off the base overnight.
“We told command who we believed it was and why,” Kwaham explained.
“From there the search went quicker…. Last night they issue a BOLO and that person ran off base and shot himself when they came up to him.
“This is the same person we have been talking about the superior who she was with that day and harassed her.”
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