Teens to be tried as adults in kidnapping of 89-year-old woman

April 9, 2013

Four teens will be tried as adults in connection with the kidnapping and robbery of an 89-year-old woman, the Attorney General's Office announced April 9.

The four teens were indicted following an investigation into their March 20 arrest, said Jason Miller, spokesman for the Attorney General's Office.

Margaret Smith was reported missing by her family March 18; court records later described an ordeal that started with her giving two teen girls a ride home. Police said the girls later stole her car keys and $500, forced her into the trunk of her Buick Le Sabre and then drove around Sussex County, spending the night in a Seaford motel while Smith remained in the trunk. The girls eventually left Smith at a cemetery where a passerby found her, records state.

The Sussex County Superior Court grand jury indicted Junia McDonald, 14, and Jackeline Perez, 15, with one count each of first-degree carjacking, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery and three counts of second-degree conspiracy. Rondaiges Harper, 17, and Phillip Brewer, 17, were indicted on one count each of first-degree carjacking, first-degree kidnapping and two counts of second-degree conspiracy.

The four teens will be arraigned in Superior Court on a future date, Miller said.

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