By Sanford Schmidt firstname.lastname@example.org
June 24, 2014
ALTON — Four men are in the Madison County Jail charged with three counts each of aggravated battery and a count each of mob action after they were accused of beating another man at 1022 Tremont St., the scene of a 2012 homicide.
Charged are Mikkel Allen Lumpkins, 22, of 1022 Tremont St.; Malik Ali Lumpkins, 21, of 1022 Tremont St.; Montinez K. Knight, 22, of the 1900 block of Central Avenue; and Todd C. Lockhart, 30, of 1022 Tremont.
All four men are accused of stabbing Montigo Embrey, 41, and beating him with a bottle, a golf club, a chair and a motorcycle helmet, causing several injuries, all on June 16. Embry was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries.
The mob action count accuses the four of acting together by the use of force to disturb the public peace by inflicting the beating.
Authorities have also charged Jason E. Embrey, 39, of the 1200 block of Clawson Street, Alton, with aggravated battery with a firearm for allegedly shooting Michael Lumpkins Sr., 50, of 1022 Tremont in the leg on the same date the alleged battery and mob action took place. The two incidents are believed to be connected.
Embrey is also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon for allegedly possessing a firearm after being convicted of felony domestic battery in 2008. He could be sentenced up to 30 years in prison for the alleged shooting and up to 10 years for the weapons charge.
The four men accused in the beating could be sentenced up to seven years in prison.
Four of the men involved have criminal records.
Mikkel Lumpkins, was facing a felony charge of delivery of marijuana when the alleged beating occurred. A judge has agreed with the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office requestto revoke his bond on that charge. He is being held without bail.
He has also been convicted of felony deliver of marijuana and three misdemeanors. He was also facing misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession and a charge of resisting a police officer.
Lockhart had a pending cocaine delivery charge when the alleged beating took place. He also has convictions for obstructing justice and three misdemeanor charges. He was facing eight pending misdemeanor charges and was wanted on a warrant from Adams County for probation violation.
Lockhart was out on bail in connection with a 2011 charge of mob action. A judge also approved an order to revoke his bond and ordered him held without bond.
Knight was present during the 2012 shooting death of Dantavier Thompson as Marcus Baldwin fired the shots that killed Thompson and pierced that walls of two homes. Baldwin fired the shots from 1022 Tremont Street as he was standing outside the home with a group of other men.
The shooting was the result of another group of men driving past the Tremont Street home, shouting insults.
Knight pleaded guilty to a charge of perjury after lying on the witness stand in the Baldwin first-degree murder trial. He also has previous convictions for misdemeanor property damage, possession of marijuana and illegal possession of ammunition.
The Tremont Street address is also believed to be connected to the May 29, 2010, shooting of an 18-year-old girl at a graduation party. The young woman was shot in the back, paralyzing her. The shooting took place between 1022 and 1024 Tremont.
The troubled home is located near Lovejoy School.
In the Thompson murder, the victim was driving a car when he was fatally shot by Baldwin. The car continued on after the shooting, crashed through a gate at the school and came to rest against a piece of playground equipment.
Baldwin was convicted of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm. He is serving a 57-year prison sentence.
Sanford J. Schmidt can be reached at 618-208-6449 or Twitter @SanfordSan.