Feds Indict Wilmington Woman For Allegedly Obstructing Investigation, Elkton Kidnapping, Murder Tied To 6-Year-Old’s Shooting

Jaclyn McCain / Submitted

A 26-year-old Wilmington woman has been indicted for allegedly obstructing an investigation into the 2017 kidnapping and killing of a Newark woman. A federal grand jury has indicted Jaclyn McCain on five counts relating to the use of a vehicle on the same day Keyonna Perkins was kidnapped and murdered in Elkton, Maryland..

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at approximately 12:12 p.m., witnesses heard shots near the 100 block of Ross Street in Elkton, Maryland. Just a little under two hours later, at 2:02 p.m.,  28-year-old Keyonna Perkins was found deceased from multiple gunshot wounds, in a wooded area near Ross Street.

Later that same day, at approximately 2:34 p.m., Wilmington Police officers were dispatched to the 700 block of E. 6th Street for reports of gunfire in the area.

Upon their arrival, officers found 6-year-old JaShown Banner, suffering from a gunshot wound to his head.

Federal authorities believe the two incidents have a connection.  That connection is Keyonna Perkins’ boyfriend, they say.

Earlier on that Tuesday, at approximately 11:53 a.m., Perkins’ 28-year-old boyfriend (Person 1 in the indictment) was walking along Route 896 (South College Avenue) in Newark. As he approached Executive Drive a vehicle drove up and someone inside shot at him multiple times, according to authorities. State Police, along with a University of Delaware K-9 unit responded to the scene to investigate.

After the incident Perkins’ boyfriend made his way to Wilmington, where he was later shot at again, according to police.  While the bullets missed him again, they hit six-year-old JaShown Banner in the head, severely injuring him. In Jaclyn McCain’s indictment authorities state that “The State of Delaware later indicts Person 3 in this shooting”. It’s unclear that refers to.

On July 3, 2017, FBI agents interviewed McCain at a residence in Wilmington. During that interview the agents identified themselves and told her that there was an ongoing federal investigation regarding a Silver Sonata, owned by McCain’s mother, believed to be used in a homicide, according to the indictment. They also inform her that the homicide involving the Silver Sonata is associated with the June 6, 2017 shooting of the six-year-old.

When agents asked McCain “Have you ever let anyone else drive her [mother’s] car?” She answered “no” and, after follow-up, stated, “I mean, not that I can remember anything”, according to the indictment.

Authorities allege that this was a false statement.  Read full indictment below.

Michael Pritchett was arrested on June 6, 2017 and later indicted on 13 felony counts, including attempted murder charges, five counts possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, second-degree assault for injuring the boys mother, two counts first-degree reckless endangering, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, possession of ammunition by a person prohibited, and first-degree conspiracy, in realtion to the Wilmington shooting.

Michael Pritchett / Submitted

In addition to the murder victim and McCain, the indictment refers to Person 1, Person 2 and Person 3.

Person 1 is Perkins’ 28-year-old boyfriend, Person 2 is McCain’s romantic interest. The indictment states that “The State of Delaware later indicts Person 3 in this shooting.” It’s unclear if Pritchett is Person 3.

Authorities have not made it clear what Pritchett’s role in the incident was.

Authorities have yet to charge anyone with Perkins’ kidnapping and killing.

 

McCain Indictment
The Grand Jury for the District of Delaware charges that:

Background

At all times relevant to this Indictment:
1. Victim was the registered owner of a red Chevrolet Camara (“Red Camaro”)

Pennsylvania registration KFS3529. At the time of Victim’s June 6, 2017 death, Victim was in a romantic relationship with Person 1 and resided in an apartment in Newark, Delaware.

2. Jaclyn MCCAIN a.k.a. Jaclyn Sykes (“MCCAIN”), defendant herein, is the daughter of the registered owner of a silver Hyundai Sonata (“Silver Sonata”).

3. McCAIN was in a romantic relationship with Person 2.
4. Person 2 operated a red Ford Explorer, Delaware registration PC427243.

June 6, 2017- Car Swap

5. On June 6, 2017, between approximately 7:30 a.m. and 7:57 a.m., MCCAIN was using a cellular phone subscribed in her name (“MCCAIN’s Phone”) and was repeatedly in phone contact with Person 2’s phone. Location data for Person 2’s phone shows him in the area of Victim’s apartment  during these contacts. After one such contact, MCCAIN’s Phone recorded “shoprite four seasons newark delaware” via internet search on her phone. Location  data for MCCAIN’s phone shows her driving the Silver Sonata to the area of the Shop Rite of Four Seasons, near Victim’s apartment.

6. At approximately 8:00 a.m., video surveillance shows a red Ford Explorer enter the ShopRite of Four Seasons parking lot in Newark, Delaware from the direction of Victim’s apartment. Minutes later, video surveillance shows the red Ford Explorer leave the ShopRite Four Seasons parking lot and drive towards Rt. 896, in the opposite direction from Victim’s apartment. Approximately twenty (20) seconds later, video surveillance shows the Silver Sonata leave the parking lot and drive towards Victim’s apartment.

7. MCCAIN gave Person 2 the Silver Sonata in exchange for his red Explorer and then left the area. By 8:23 a.m., location data for MCCAIN’s Phone shows her miles away from Victim’s apartment. Location data for Person 2 ‘s phone shows Person 2 remaining in the area of Victim’s apartment.

June 6, 2017 – Following Victim to McDonald’s
8. On June 6, 2017, at approximately 10:48 a.m., video surveillance shows the Red Camaro leaving the area of Victim’s apartment, followed approximately twenty (20) seconds later by the Silver Sonata.

9. At approximately 10:53 a.m., video surveillance shows Victim, in the Red Camaro, proceeding through a McDonald’s drive-through near Rt. 896 and Rt. 40 in Newark, Delaware.

10. At approximately 10:59 a.m., video surveillance shows the Red Camaro proceed through the intersection of Rts. 896 and 40, from the direction of McDonald’s and returning to Victim’s apartment. The Red Camaro is followed less than one (1) minute later by the Silver Sonata.

11. At approximately 11 :03 a.m., video surveillance shows the Red Camaro on Four Seasons Parkway, heading towards Victim’s apartment. It is followed a short time later by the Silver Sonata.

June 6, 2017 – First Shooting At Person 1
12. On June 6, 2017, at approximately 11 :40 a.m., the Silver Sonata is seen leaving the area of Victim’s apartment and heading towards Rt. 896. At approximately 11 :50 a.m., shots are fired from a moving vehicle at Person 1, who was walking along Rt. 896, approximately one (1) mile south of Victim’s apartment. Person 1 was unharmed and proceeded to Wilmington, Delaware.

June 6, 2017 – Victim’s Homicide In Etkton, Maryland
13. On June 6, 2017, at approximately noon, video surveillance shows the Silver Sonata entering Elkton, Maryland on Delaware Avenue, from the general direction of Rt. 40.

14. At approximately 12:12 p.m., video surveillance shows the Silver Sonata driving north near Ross Street. At approximately the same time, shots are heard near Ross Street. At approximately 12:19 p.m., video surveillance shows the Silver Sonata returning southbound near Ross Street.

15. At approximately 2:02 p.m., Victim is found, deceased from gunshot wounds, in a wooded area near Ross Street.

June 6, 2017 – Second Shooting At Person 1
16. On June 6, 2017, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Person 1 is shot at again from a moving vehicle, this time near the comer of 6th and Spruce Streets in Wilmington, Delaware. While the bullets miss Person 1, they hit a six-year-old in the head and severely injure him. The State of Delaware later indicts Person 3 in this shooting.

June 9-10, 2017 – MCCAIN’s web searches
17. Approximately three nights after the June 6, 2017 murder, MCCAIN’s Phone records several internet searches, including: “[Person 1] in Elkton, Maryland”; “arrest in Elkton Maryland homicide”; and “woman found dead in Elkton[.]”

June 28-29, 2017 -Silver Sonata Usage And Seizure

18. At approximately 3:57 p.m. on June 28, 2017, video surveillance shows MCCAIN and Person 2 exit a residence on W. 41st  Street, Wilmington, Delaware. The two enter the Silver Sonata and leave the area, with Person 2 driving.

19. On or about June 29, 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) seizes the Silver Sonata pursuant to a warrant.

July 3, 2017 – FBI interview
20. On or about July 3, 2017, FBI personnel interviews MCCAIN at a residence on W. 41 st Street, Wilmington, Delaware. The FBI personnel identify themselves and told  McCAIN there is an ongoing federal investigation regarding the Silver Sonata being used in a homicide. They also inform MCCAIN that the homicide involving the Silver Sonata is associated with the June 6, 2017 shooting of the six-year-old referenced in paragraph 16, above.

COUNT ONE
21. Paragraphs 1 through 20 of this Indictment are incorporated here by reference.

22. On or about July 3, 2017, in the State and District of Delaware, JACLYN MCCAIN, defendant herein, did knowingly and willfully make a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement and representation in a matter within the jurisdiction of the executive branch  of the Government of the United States, when in response to the question posed by an FBI Special Agent, “Have you ever let anyone else drive her [mother’s] car?” McCAIN intentionally answered “no” and, after follow-up, stated, “I mean, not that I … can remember anything,” when McCAIN then and there well knew that she had allowed another to drive her mother’s car on at least June 6 and June 28, 2017, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 100l(a)(2).

COUNT TWO
23. Paragraphs 1 through 20 of this Indictment are incorporated here by reference.

24. On or about July 3, 2017, in the State and District of Delaware, JACLYN MCCAIN, defendant herein, did knowingly and willfully make a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement and representation in a matter within the jurisdiction of the executive branch of the Government of the United States, when MCCAIN intentionally told an FBI Special Agent “I don’t let anybody use my mom’s car,” when she then and there well knew that she had allowed Person 2 to use her mother’s car on at least June 6 and June 28, 2017, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 100l(a)(2).

COUNT THREE
25. Paragraphs 1 through 20 of this Indictment are incorporated here by reference.

26. On or about July 3, 2017, in the State and District of Delaware, JACLYN MCCAIN, defendant herein, did knowingly and willfully make a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement and representation in a matter within the jurisdiction of the executive branch of the Government of the United States, when in response to the question posed by an FBI Task Force Officer whether anyone had ever asked her to borrow her mother’s car, the defendant  intentionally answered “no,” when she then and there well knew that she had been asked by Person 2 to borrow her mother’s car on at least June 6, 201 7, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001(a)(2).

COUNT FOUR
27. Paragraphs 1 through 20 of this Indictment are incorporated here by reference.

28. On or about July 3, 2017, in the State and District of Delaware, JACLYN MCCAIN, defendant herein, did knowingly and willfully make a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement and representation in a matter within the jurisdiction of the executive branch of the Government of the United States, when she intentionally told an FBI Special Agent that “nobody [ outside her family] had access to her [mother’s] car” on June 6, 2017, when she then and there well knew that she had allowed Person 2 to access her mother’s car on at least June 6, 2017, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001(a)(2).

COUNT FIVE
29. On or about July 3, 2017, in the State and District of Delaware, JACLYN MCCAIN, defendant herein, did corruptly attempt to obstruct, influence, and impede an official proceeding, to wit:
• when in response to the question posed by an FBI Special Agent, “Have you ever let anyone else drive her [mother’s] car?” McCAIN intentionally answered “no” and, after follow-up, stated, “I mean, not that I … can remember anything”
• MCCAIN intentionally told an FBI Special Agent “I don’t let anybody use my mom’s car”
• when in response to the question posed by an FBI Task Force Officer whether anyone had ever asked her to borrow her mother’s car, McCAIN intentionally answered “no,”
and
• MCCAIN intentionally told an FBI Special Agent that “nobody [ outside her family] had access to her [mother’s] car” on June 6, 2017 through which statements the defendant attempted to obstruct and impede a contemporaneous investigation of the facts and circumstances surrounding the kidnapping and murder described in paragraphs 1-20 above, incorporated herein by reference, for consideration by a federal grand jury and by a trial jury, among other proceedings, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1512(c)(2).

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