- Police said the girls, aged 14 and 15, had asked the elderly victim for a lift
- But the girls allegedly demanded the keys and forced her into the trunk
- The are accused of showing two boys that the pensioner was in the trunk
- The woman was later found wandering around a cemetery 20 miles away
- The girls have been charged with carjacking, kidnapping and robbery
- Three other teenagers are also charged in connection with the incident
By ALEX GORE PUBLISHED: 05:01 EST, 22 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:53 EST, 22 March 2013
Two teenage girls have been charged with carjacking an 89-year-old woman and driving around for nearly two days with her locked in the trunk. The girls, aged 14 and 15, are alleged to have picked up two 17-year-old boys along the way and opened the trunk for them to see that the pensioner was inside. Police said the victim, Margaret E. Smith, had agreed to give the girls a lift but when they arrived at a house, they demanded her car keys and forced her into the trunk before driving off. The girls, who are also accused of stealing $500 from the motorist’s coat pocket, have been charged with robbery, carjacking, kidnapping and conspiracy and were detained on $122,000 cash bonds. They have been charged as adults and identified by police as Jackeline Perez, 15, and Junia McDonald, 14, both of Milford. They are said to have approached Ms Smith at a Chicken Man store in Milford, Delaware, and asked for a lift to Lincoln, less than four miles away. Authorities issued a Gold Alert for Ms Smith after her family reported her missing that night. She had last been seen getting into her car at 11am.
Ms Smith was found on Wednesday wandering barefoot around a cemetery close to Seaford, more than 20 miles from where she had met the girls.
Accused: Jackeline Perez, left, and Junia McDonald, right, have been charged with carjacking and kidnapping
Police said the woman was dumped there, and that she was later taken to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and released. The victim told Action News: ‘I’m still shaking. They opened the door and shoved me in the trunk and locked it,banged and banged and banged.’ Ms Smith was interviewed by officers in Georgetown that evening and her car was later spotted being driven in Bridgeville. The teenage girls were taken into custody, with the 14-year-old believed to have been driving when the car was stopped. Two boys, Rondaiges Harper and Phillip Brewer, both 17 and from Bridgeville, are charged with kidnapping, conspiracy and receiving stolen property in connection with the incident, and were being held on $27,000 secured bonds. A 15-year-old girl, who has been charged as a juvenile and was a passenger in the stolen car, is charged with receiving stolen property and conspiracy and was being held on a $2,000 secured bond.