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Friday, May 31, 2019 1:00 am

City suffers rash of homicides in past week

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Four homicides in the past week. Three men, one woman.

The latest victim, Arrianna Lee Henderson, 20, was found lying under a pavilion at Chapel Oaks Apartments at 1:16 a.m. Thursday in the 800 block of Buchanan Street, Fort Wayne police said.

Henderson, known as Aaron to her friends, was the mother of a toddler girl, sources said. She was shot during a robbery, police said.

Her death brings the number of homicides in Allen County to 11 this year, the Allen County coroner's office said.

Police identified Leon Lumpkin, 26, of the 2200 block of Holton Avenue, as a suspect in Henderson's death and are searching for him.

About 10:15 a.m. Thursday, a few hours after Henderson was found, a SWAT team with drones was called to deal with a possible barricaded subject, believed to be Lumpkin, at 1400 Greene St. in the Villages of Hanna apartments.

When Lumpkin wasn't found, police searched the neighborhood after possible sightings were reported, the police department said.

Lumpkin is about 5-foot-6, black and 170 pounds and has the word “Libra” in a script tattoo on the front of his neck. Police said he is armed and extremely dangerous.

According to court documents, Lumpkin was charged in two domestic battery incidents last year and in 2017. 

He was charged with domestic battery and strangulation in December 2017. He was given a two-year suspended sentence, placed on probation and ordered to undergo counseling at the Center for Non Violence. 

Lumpkin later violated his probation, which was revoked. In July, he was sentenced to two years in prison.

In June, Lumpkin was involved in a domestic altercation involving several charges that were dropped. 

In that case, police arrived about 3 p.m. at a woman's home to find her with bruises on her arm and minor cuts and scratches on her neck. The victim told police Lumpkin had a pocket knife and had threatened to kill her if she called police. Lumpkin blamed her for his court cases, court documents said.

Lumpkin refused to let her leave, but fled with the arrival of the victim's mother who called 911. He was caught the next day, court documents said. 

About a week later, eight charges, including criminal confinement while armed with a deadly weapon, domestic battery, intimidation, invasion of privacy and interference with the reporting of a crime were dismissed.

Separate cases

The coroner's office Thursday also declared the death of Jarell Quenshawn Causey, 30, a homicide.

Police were called at 5:54 a.m. Wednesday to the 7300 block of Peerless Drive, near Wayne Trace and Tillman Roads, where they found Causey with a large knife impaled in his arm.

He was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. The coroner said he died from multiple stab wounds.

Investigators learned that before the stabbing, a domestic disturbance had occurred at the home. Police interviewed family members, but no one has been arrested.

• Police continue investigating the officer-involved shooting incident that ended in the death of Shaquille I. Kelly, 26, about 2 a.m. at Oliver and Grier streets May 22. 

Police said this week that a handgun was found near Kelly and a shell casing was located at the scene where police said they heard a shot fired while patrolling in the 3900 block of Winter Street. Investigators are awaiting ballistic testing to see whether it was fired from the weapon that was found near Kelly.

During a pursuit, Kelly lost control and crashed into a home in the 3600 block of Oliver Street.

Police said last week that Officer Christopher Hawthorne fired a gun during the incident. Kelly died from a gunshot wound to the chest. Police are investigating whether the officer shot Kelly.

• Police say there are suspects in the May 24 shooting death of Korta Seon Queary, 41, in the 3400 block of Cheviot Drive in Waterloo Gardens Apartments.

Queary died of a gunshot wound to the head. No one has been arrested.