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4 Teens Charged as Adults in Kidnapping of Del. Senior

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Junia McDonald Junia McDonald
Jackeline H. Perez Jackeline H. Perez
Rondaiges A. Harper Rondaiges A. Harper
Phillip L. Brewer Phillip L. Brewer

GEORGETOWN, Del.- The Delaware Attorney General's Office on Tuesday announced that prosecutors have obtained indictments against four teens charged with last month's carjacking and kidnapping of an 89-year-old Lincoln woman.   

The cases against the four teens had been assigned to Delaware Family Court since their March 20 arrest. However, the Attorney General's Office said it chose to proceed against them as adults. 

Following a review of the evidence gathered in the ongoing Delaware State Police investigation, prosecutors upgraded the original offenses and presented the case
Monday to the Sussex County Superior Court Grand Jury, which handed down the indictment. 

The indictment charges 14-year-old Junia McDonald and 15-year-old Jackeline H. Perez, both of Milford, with one count each of first-degree carjacking, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery, along with three counts of second-degree conspiracy.  The indictment charges 17-year-old Rondaiges A. Harper and 17 year-old Phillip L. Brewer, both of Bridgeville, with one count each of first-degree carjacking and first-degree kidnapping, as well as two counts of second-degree conspiracy.  

Prosecutors said each defendant will be arraigned in Superior Court, at which time their bail conditions will be reviewed. For the meantime, McDonald and Perez are being held in lieu of $56,000 secured bond, while Harper and Brewer are being held in lieu of $27,000 secured bond.  

The indictments stemmed from an incident that allegedly occurred Monday morning, March 18. Police said McDonald and Perez allegedly asked 89-year-old Margaret E. Smith for a ride from a Chicken Man convenience store in Milford to a home in Lincoln some four miles away. Police said that when they arrived at their destination, the two teens forced Smith to hand over the keys to her car, then took more than $500 from her coat pocket, before having locked her in the trunk.

Authorities said McDonald and Perez then drove away with Smith in the trunk. According to police, at some point along the way they picked up Harper and Brewer.

After spending nearly two days trapped inside the trunk, Smith was dropped off at a cemetery located east of Seaford. There a visitor to the cemetery found Smith wandering around the graves. She was taken to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital for treatment. 

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