Five teenagers were arrested earlier this week after allegedly carjacking and kidnapping an elderly Delaware woman, according to CBS News.
A family member reported Margaret E. Smith, 89, missing around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, claiming they hadn’t seen her since she got into her car around 11 a.m. A gold alert was issued for Smith when relatives began to worry about her whereabouts due to her medical conditions.
She was later located wandering around a local cemetery, confused and suffering from exposure. Smith was treated at a nearby hospital and released.
While being interviewed by authorities, officers tracked down Smith’s car and arrested the five minors inside: Junia McDonald (14), Jackeline H. Perez (15), Rondaiges A. Harper (17), Phillip L. Brewer (17) and Deniaya E. Smith (15).
Smith said she agreed to give McDonald and Perez a ride when they asked to be taken to a nearby residence, but the pair reportedly stole her keys and forced their victim into the car’s trunk upon arriving at the house. $500 was also taken from Smith’s coat pocket.
The young girls allegedly picked up the other teens before dropping the distraught woman off in the cemetery.
McDonald and Perez have been charged with conspiracy, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery. Harper and Brewer have been charged with conspiracy, kidnapping and receiving stolen property. Deniaya Smith has been charged with conspiracy and receiving stolen property.
Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Delaware State Police