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  • Trials set for teen suspects in carjacking case

  • The trial dates have been set for three teens, Rondaiges Harper, Junia McDonald and Jackeline Perez, charged with carjacking and kidnapping an 86-year-old Lincoln woman in March 2013.
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  • The trial dates have been set for three teens charged with carjacking and kidnapping an 86-year-old Lincoln woman in March 2013.
    Rondaiges Harper, Junia McDonald and Jackeline Perez will be tried in Superior Court this summer and fall after Judge Richard Stokes ruled that they be tried as adults.
    Harper’s trial is set for Monday, June 23, followed by McDonald on Aug. 11 and Perez on Oct. 13. All hearings begin at 9 a.m. and will be preceded by a final case review on the Wednesday prior to the scheduled trial date.
    The fourth suspect in this case, Phillip Brewer, pleaded guilty to reduced charges in September 2013 and is facing charges of second-degree carjacking, second-degree kidnapping and second-degree conspiracy, with sentencing pending his cooperation to testify in future case proceedings.
    On March 20, 2013, Delaware State Police arrested then 14-year-old McDonald, of Milford, 15-year-old Perez, of Milford, 17-year-old Harper, of Bridgeville, 17-year-old Phillip Brewer, of Bridgeville, and 15-year-old Deniaya Smith, of Bridgeville, in connection with the carjacking and kidnapping of Margaret E. Smith two days earlier, according the Delaware State Police.
    McDonald and Perez, both of Milford, allegedly convinced Margaret E. Smith, who was at the Chicken Man Convenience Store in Milford, to give them a ride, demanded her keys and struggled with the victim when she refused to hand them over. Once the suspects gained possession of the keys, they ordered the victim out of the car and forced her into the trunk, police said.
    McDonald and Perez then left the victim in the trunk for two days, without food or water, and are also suspected of stealing $500 from the victim. The two female suspects then picked up Brewer, Harper and Deniaya Smith before leaving the victim in a cemetery east of Seaford, police said.
    Troopers conducting a traffic stop on Chaplains Chapel Road in Bridgeville arrested all five teenagers on March 20.
    Deniaya Smith was charged with receiving stolen property and second-degree conspiracy and is being held on $2,000 secured bond.
    McDonald and Perez are facing charges of first-degree carjacking, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery and three counts of second-degree conspiracy.
    Harper is facing charges of first-degree carjacking, first-degree kidnapping and two counts of second-degree conspiracy.
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