Five Teenagers Charged with Robbing and Kidnapping Old Woman

Five teenagers – ages 14 to 17 – were charged with robbing and kidnapping an 89-year-old Lincoln woman, locking her in the trunk of her own car for nearly two days and then releasing her in a cemetery, where she was found Wednesday morning crawling around on her hands and knees, state police said.

Police called Junia McDonald, 14, and Jackeline H. Perez, 15, both from Milford, the “ringleaders” in the incident, which began sometime after 11 a.m. Monday at the Chicken Man convenience store at Marshall and S.E. Second streets in Milford.

That’s where, police say, the girls approached the elderly woman and asked her for a ride to the Lincoln area.

The victim agreed to give the girls a lift. When they reached their destination, McDonald and Perez allegedly ordered the woman to hand over her keys. She refused, and a struggle ensued, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.

The girls took the keys, Fournier said, forced the woman into the trunk of her tan 2001 Buick LeSabre and drove off.

“They opened the door and shoved me in the trunk and locked it,” the victim told WPVI –TV. “I banged and banged and banged.”

At one point, police said, Perez stole $500 from the victim’s coat pocket.

Fournier said the woman remained in the trunk throughout the nearly two-day ordeal, in near-freezing temperatures and without food or water.

About 4 p.m. Tuesday, the girls were joined by Rondaiges A. Harper and Phillip L. Brewer, both 17, from Bridgeville. Police said the four drove the stolen car to the Days Inn in Seaford, where they rented a room for the night. They left the woman in the trunk of her car.

By 9 that night, a relative of the victim had contacted state police to report her disappearance. The relative said the woman, who has a medical condition and requires medication, had not been seen or heard from since about 11 a.m. Monday, when she drove away from her Slaughter Neck Road home. Troopers issued a Gold Alert.

Meanwhile, the teens were driving around in the woman’s car and at some point dumped her off in a desolate cemetery east of Seaford and abandoned her, Fournier said.

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Auto Window Tint Leads to Heroin Dealer Bust

Illegally dark tinted windows drew police attention to a vehicle they say later turned out to be carrying 2,339 sale-ready bags of heroin.

How dark were the windows?

The windows were so dark, Wilmington Police Department Cpl. Jamaine Crawford said “officers had to tap on the window in order to make contact with the operator.”

Officers were on routine patrol when they stopped the vehicle because of the window tint at 11:21 a.m. Friday in the 2400 block of N. West St., Crawford said.

The officers checked the vehicle registration and learned it did not have an exemption to allow the tinting to be darker than normally allowed by law, he said.

After the driver finally rolled down the window, he said, she was unable to produce a driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance.

Officers observed heroin while talking with the suspect, Crawford said. The driver was removed from the vehicle and arrested, he added.

The packages ultimately proved to hold a total of 46.78 grams of heroin with an estimated street-sale value of $31,600, Crawford said.

Shawnette M. Valentine, 22, of the 200 block of Concord Ave. in Wilmington, was charged with the highest-quantity category of possession of a controlled substance, operating a vehicle with improper window tinting and failure to carry a driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance.

She later was released after posting $16,500 secured bail, Crawford said.