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Police: Texas man arrested after threatening to ‘shoot up’ Fort Hood over Guillen’s murder

Spc. Vanessa Guillen, 20, disappeared from Fort Hood on April 22, 2020.

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By KATE FELDMAN | New York Daily News | Published: August 2, 2020

NEW YORK (Tribune News Service) — A Texas man upset at the death of U.S. Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen wrote on Facebook that he was “close” to being an active shooter at Fort Hood, Texas, according to police.

Mario Eloy Pena, 48, was arrested Saturday and was charged with making a terroristic threat on suspicion of having threatened to “shoot up” the Army post.

Pena, whose wife reported his posts to police, said he was “upset and wanted to retaliate for Vanessa Guillen’s murder in Fort Hood Base,” according to an affidavit obtained by KSAT.

He also is accused of writing that he has “no respect for the USA military.”

Officials determined that Pena has “a violent criminal history,” including a discharge of a firearm with bodily harm offense in California, according to KSAT.

Guillen, 20, disappeared from Fort Hood on April 22 after telling her family that she was being sexually harassed by a sergeant on base. Her dismembered remains were found buried along the Leon River in late June.

Fellow soldier Spc. Aaron David Robinson, 20, died by suicide after police made contact with him about Guillen’s death. An federal complaint alleges that Robinson hit Guillen repeatedly with a hammer, killing her, then hid her body in a large box.

His girlfriend, Cecily Aguilar, has been charged with conspiracy to tamper with evidence on suspicion of helping Robinson dismember the body and dispose of the remains.

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Mario Eloy Pena, 48, was arrested Saturday and was charged with making a terroristic threat on suspicion of having threatened to "shoot up" Fort Hood, Texas.
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