By MAX LEWIS, WSBT
MISHAWAKA, Ind. (CIRCA via WSBT) — A gruesome crime has been sending shockwaves through a community in northern Indiana.
Aaron Trejo, 16, is accused of killing 17-year-old Breana Rouhselang and their unborn child and then tossing her body in a dumpster behind Pasquale Rulli's, a pizza restaurant in Mishawaka, a town located about 100 miles from Chicago.
Trejo is charged as an adult with murder and feticide. Rouhselang was six months pregnant.
Court documents released late Monday afternoon are providing insight into what investigators found at the crime scene and why police say Trejo wanted to kill the mother of his unborn child.
The crime scene tape near the restaurant is gone. All that’s left is a teddy bear and some flowers.
"I just wanted to bring a little bit of beauty back to sort of a darker space right now," said Christina Clark, an area resident.
Rouhselang was last seen late Saturday night. Her mother told investigators she was meeting up with Trejo. It was the last time she saw her daughter alive. A few hours later, police were at Trejo's door.
Police say they found bloody pieces of Rouhselang's clothing in an alley. Trejo later told investigators he stabbed her in the heart, put her in a plastic bag and took her body down to the alley behind the restaurant and put it in the dumpster.
In an effort to cover his tracks, police say Trejo threw her cellphone and the murder weapon in the St. Joseph River. Police recovered her body out of that dumpster and immediately questioned Trejo.
According to court documents, the two were having a fight because Trejo was upset he didn’t know about the pregnancy sooner. He told investigators it was too late to have an abortion.
When asked what he did, he replied:
"I took action. I took her life."
He told investigators he brought the knife and garbage bag from home and said he "had been planning and thinking about killing Breana and the baby for about a week.”
An autopsy confirmed Rouhselang died from multiple stab wounds. Investigators also discovered that she had been strangled with a scarf.
“It’s a terrible thing that happened in this neighborhood to someone who was very, very bright,” Clark said.
Trejo was due in court Tuesday. He could face up to 85 years for the charges he's facing. He's being held in the St. Joseph County Jail without bail.