Aaron Trejo, a 16-year-old high school student from Indiana, told police he contemplated killing his 17-year-old girlfriend for a week before actually going through with it.
Breana Rouhselang, a fellow student at Mishawaka High School, was six months pregnant with Trejo’s baby before she was brutally stabbed, strangled and dumped in a dumpster by Trejo.
Trejo has been charged with one count of murder and one count of feticide, a level 3 felony. Trejo claimed that Rouhselang waited too long to tell him about the pregnancy and they were too far along to have an abortion.
According to a probable cause affidavit, police say Trejo initially denied he met with Rouhselang the night of her disappearance, but when confronted with the physical evidence, eventually told them Rouhselang waited too long to tell him about the baby and it was too late for an abortion.
When asked what he did about it, Trejo reportedly told police, “I took action… I took her life,” according to court documents.
Mishawaka police were dispatched to the 400 block of East Lawrence Street around 4:30 a.m. Sunday after Rouhselang’s mother reported her missing. Her mother told police Rouhselang had gone behind the house to talk to Trejo who was reportedly the father of the teen’s child, according to court documents.
When Rouhselang’s mother woke up around 1 a.m. Sunday and her daughter wasn’t home, she became concerned and went looking for her. She went to Trejo’s home several blocks away, and was told by him that Breana had not shown up when he went to meet her in the ally behind her house, according to the affidavit.
When police arrived at Trejo’s home to question him, he also told them he had gone to meet Rouhselang but she did not show up.
Officers returned to the alley behind Rouhselang’s home and located glasses and a stocking cap that matched a description given by the girl’s mother. After what appeared to be blood was found on the hat, police secured the area.
Officers soon found more blood, which led them to find Rouhselang’s body in a dumpster behind Pasquale Rulli’s restaurant near Division and Battell streets — only a block away from her home. Her body was found with a trash bag over her head and upper torso, according to court documents.
Trejo and his family were then transported to the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit. Police said Trejo again said he had gone to meet Rouhselang to talk about the pregnancy, but she did not show up. He reportedly told police that neither he nor Rouhselang wanted the baby.
Investigators then confronted Trejo saying they believed he knew more than what he was telling. Police said Trejo then told them he had been thinking about killing Rouhselang and the baby for about a week and had not told anyone. He reportedly told police he chose to stab Rouhselang because he thought it would kill her quickly.
Police said Trejo told them he then walked to the St. Joseph River where he threw the knife and Rouhselang’s cell phone, “as far out into the river as he could.”
An autopsy confirmed Rouhselang died from multiple stab wounds and that her scarf had been tied so tightly that strangulation was occurring before she died, according to court documents. The autopsy also confirmed the pregnancy.
Thoughts and prayers are with Breana’s family and friends at this difficult time. Thoughts and prayers are with Aaron’s family and friends as well. Thoughts and prayers are not, however, with Aaron and we hope he pays for what he did to this young woman and his unborn baby.