York Catholic football star's robbery charges withdrawn

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
  • York Catholic football standout Jakkar Kinard is no longer facing felony charges, but remains charged with simple assault.

A star football player who just graduated from York Catholic High School had his felony robbery charges withdrawn Wednesday, and the alleged victim in the case says the player, Jakkar Kinard, didn't rob or attack him.

Kinard, 18, of Wellington Street in York City, remains charged with one offense — simple assault, a second-degree misdemeanor.

Jakkar Kinard enjoyed a standout football career at York Catholic. He has signed to play NCAA Division II football at Mercyhurst College in Erie.

After senior deputy prosecutor Jonathan Blake informed District Judge Scott Laird that he was withdrawing charges of robbery and conspiracy, Kinard waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the simple assault count.

Blake informed the judge he made the decision after speaking with the alleged victim in the case, Kenyaan Williams.

Laird set formal court arraignment for Aug. 11, according to defense attorney Farley Holt. Kinard remains free on $10,000 bail.

Division II football: Kinard is signed to play NCAA Division II college football in the fall, and Holt has said the robbery charges could have jeopardized that plan.

Whether the pending simple assault charge affects Kinard's college plans in the fall remains to be seen.

Earlier this year, Kinard signed with Mercyhurst University to play in their football program. The young man played running back for the Fighting Irish for three years and also played defensive back.

Williams, 20, attended Wednesday's proceeding and spoke with The York Dispatch afterward. He said he and Kinard are friends, although they've been told not to hang out together until after the case is resolved.

"Jakkar did not rob me," he said. "Jakkar didn't physically do anything, but he kind of let it happen."

In the front row, from left, are: Marion Kinard (father), Jakkar Kinard and Ruth Rodriguez (mother). In the back row, from left, are: Rick Luckman (athletic director emeritus), Kevin Bankos (athletic director), Saladin Kinard (brother), Eric Depew (football coach), Brianna Kinard (sister), Hakeem Kinard (brother) and Katie Seufert (principal).

It was two other young men with them who hit Williams, he said.

"I got kicked over a hundred times," Williams said, adding he has fully recovered. "But I don't hold it against Jakkar."

Shook hands: He said Kinard apologized to him, and that both families sat down and had a good talk about what happened.

"We shook hands," Williams said.

Kinard declined comment Wednesday through his attorney.

Blake, the prosecutor, said he can't yet discuss details about the case because it's too early in the process.

York Catholic football star charged with felonies

"I looked at this case. I talked to the victim," he said. "I believe this was an appropriate resolution for today's proceeding."

Holt indicated he'd like to avoid a trial altogether.

"I'm hopeful we can have a resolution that doesn't result in any criminal conviction," he said.

The background: Charging documents filed by York Area Regional Police allege Kinard and two other young men were at Williams' home in York Township about 10 p.m. May 13.

Williams has a recording studio in his house where people come to record music, police said.

Charging documents had alleged the foursome got into Kinard's car and drove to a parking lot on School Street, where the trio beat and kicked Williams and whipped him with his own belt.

He suffered a bruise on his head and cuts on his knee, torso and back, according to police, who said he was treated at the scene by an ambulance crew.

York Catholic's Jakkar Kinard, right, is one of the leading returning players in the York-Adams League.

Williams told The York Dispatch that Kinard was driving him and two other young men to a local convenience store when Williams and one of the other men — who Holt says has not been identified by police — resumed an argument that had started earlier.

In a parking lot behind School Street, they got out of Kinard's car, and the unidentified man attacked him, yanking off Williams' belt, chain and other clothing.

Williams said his stolen property, which police valued at $340, has been recovered.

"Jakkar tried to break it up initially but then stepped back because it got too ugly," Holt has said.

Holt said once Kinard's parents learned of what happened, they took their son back to the scene. They found as many of Williams' possessions as they could and returned them to the family, according to the attorney, who said the Kinards also offered to reimburse Williams for damaged and lost possessions.

York Catholic running back Jakkar Kinard is the leading rusher in the York-Adams League.

Standout player: Kinard helped York Catholic to possibly the best season in the school's history. The Irish finished 10-2, which included York-Adams Division III and District 3 Class 2-A championships. York Catholic also earned a PIAA state 2-A playoff berth.

Kinard led the York-Adams League in rushing for the second consecutive year, totaling 2,071 yards and scoring 23 touchdowns.

In two-plus seasons, Kinard finished with 3,594 yards in his career for York Catholic.

He led the York-Adams League in rushing and was a two-time York-Adams League Division III all-star.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.