Oct. 19, 2008: Frank Lumpkin III’s wife parks her 2006 Lincoln Navigator at a Circle K gas station, 3720 Macon Road. She leaves the car running. The vehicle is stolen while she’s inside the business.
Oct. 20: Lumpkin discovers his 2008 Nissan Titan has been broken into and a Smith & Wesson gun stolen. That night he goes looking for the Navigator and sees it at a south Columbus residence, according to his attorney, Frank Martin. Lumpkin calls 911, but by the time police arrive, the car is gone, Martin says.
Oct. 21: Accompanied by three friends who also are armed, Lumpkin finds the Navigator at a Super C service station at 1538 Fort Benning Road. Again he calls police, then decides to block the vehicle at the gas pumps when the driver starts to leave. The driver shifts to reverse, rams Lumpkin’s vehicle and tries to flee. Lumpkin shoots him during the confrontation, and the 16-year-old runs and hides. Charged with aggravated assault, Lumpkin is released on $2,500 bond.
Nov. 1: A man claims he caught Archie Washington, 51, breaking into his vehicle, according to police. Investigators subsequently charge Washington with a series of automobile break-ins, including the one in which Lumpkin’s gun was stolen.
Nov. 4: Charged with theft by receiving stolen property, the 16-year-old is given a $35,000 bond.
Nov. 14: During a juvenile court hearing for the 16-year-old and two other teens who were in the Navigator, Lumpkin testifies that the driver was armed with a handgun. Lumpkin also says that his gun went off when he was dragged backward as the Navigator accelerated in reverse, and the shooting was accidental. Police say they found a .22-caliber handgun about 50 yards from where the wounded teen tried to hide. A judge sentences the 16-year-old to five years in state custody. Testimony reveals the Navigator was stolen by a 15-year-old who wasn’t in the vehicle when Lumpkin found it. That youth also gets five years.
Monday: A Muscogee grand jury declines to indict Lumpkin for aggravated assault.
— Tim Chitwood, from Ledger-Enquirer reports