York Catholic football star charged with felonies

Liz Evans Scolforo, 505-5429/@LizScolforoYD

A star football player at York Catholic High School who is signed to play NCAA Division II college football in the fall has been charged with robbing and assaulting an acquaintance.

Jakkar Kinard, 18, of 943 Wellington St. in York City, remains free on $10,000 bail, charged with robbery, simple assault and harassment.

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

Kinard, who a school official said graduated Wednesday, played running back for the Fighting Irish for three years and also played defensive back.

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

Last month, he signed with Mercyhurst University to play football in its Division II program. It's unclear whether the charges will affect his college plans.

Defense attorney Farley Holt said this was a fight between two or three young men that got out of hand, not a robbery. The other individuals were not named by police.

"This got blown way out of proportion," he said.

York Area Regional Police allege Jakkar Kinard robbed and assaulted a man on May 13, 2017.
(Photo from the York County Central Booking Unit)

The allegations: Charging documents filed Monday by York Area Regional Police allege Kinard and two other young men were at the York Township home of 20-year-old Kenyaan Williams about 10 p.m. May 13.

Williams has a recording studio in his house where people come to record music, police said. Kinard's Facebook page indicates he is involved in rap music.

Charging documents allege 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 interviewed him as he was being treated by an ambulance crew at the scene, documents state.

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

Forced to fight? Williams told an officer the trio came to record music and that he went with them in a vehicle, police said. Williams said they pulled into a parking lot behind School Street, where Williams said he was told to get out and fight them, according to documents.

He was repeatedly kicked and had his shoes, pants and belt taken, police allege. Williams was then whipped with his own belt, according to police, who said he lost a gold chain, watch and wallet during the attack.

The trio then fled in a white four-door sedan, according to police.

Williams ran home, where he called 911, police said. Officers took photos of his injuries, and Williams estimated the value of his stolen property at $340, documents state.

Father weighs in: On Tuesday, Kinard's father, Marion Kinard, posted about the incident on Facebook.

He wrote that the items taken were "thrown in bushes," and that he, his son and his son's mother searched for the items and returned them to Williams.

Marion Kinard also wrote that he and his son spoke with both Williams and Williams' father and that Williams maintained he didn't want to press charges.

"The young man and his family see Jakkar (has) remorse for allowing the incident to get out of hand between both of his friends," Marion Kinard wrote. "He made a mistake, but he didn't commit any crimes."

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).

No 'attack' plan: Holt said his client and two other young men were at Williams' home, recording music, when one of the men got into a verbal argument with Williams.

At some point, all four men got into Kinard's car to go to a nearby convenience store, the defense attorney said.

But Williams and the young man resumed the argument in the back seat of Kinard's car, and it got out of hand, according to Holt.

"Jakkar pulled over because they were fighting in the back seat," Holt said, not as part of a plan to attack Williams. "Jakkar and the victim were friends. That's what I was told."

Once Kinard stopped the car, the young man who was angry at Williams physically pulled him out of the car and assaulted him, breaking his necklace and yanking off his shoes, according to Holt.

The young man threw Williams' possessions into nearby bushes, the attorney said.

"Jakkar tried to break it up initially but then stepped back because it got too ugly," Holt said. "I have a statement the victim signed that says Jakkar didn't do anything and that the victim didn't want to press charges."

Holt said once Jakkar 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.

Standout player: Kinard helped York Catholic to possibly the best season in school 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 Y-A League in rushing for the second consecutive year, totaling 2,071 yards and scoring 23 touchdowns.

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

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

York Catholic spokeswoman Lori Keith released a statement Wednesday night about Kinard:

"We are aware of his arrest and of the charges filed against him and are saddened when a member of our school community is alleged to have caused harm to another. We have high expectations for our students and hold before them the model of our Lord and Savior for their life. We will keep Jakkar and his family in our prayers."

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