The Journal Gazette
Saturday, June 01, 2019 1:00 am

Arrest made in slaying of young mom

Police: Man, girlfriend may have link to separate robbery, assault

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

When Leon Lumpkin walked out of a Greene Street town home and surrendered to police Friday morning, gathering crowds cheered.

Sources told The Journal Gazette that after he was detained for questioning, Lumpkin was charged with murder, felony murder and two counts of robbery in the shooting death of Arrianna Lee Henderson, 20, mother of a toddler. However, those charges have not been confirmed by the Allen County prosecutor's office.

Lumpkin is being held at the Allen County Jail without bond, according to a jail spokesperson.

A woman identified as his girlfriend is also at the jail, charged with robbery of another woman resulting in serious bodily injury, around the same time as Henderson's death about 1 a.m. Thursday.

Sources have told The Journal Gazette that a video of the shooting is circulating on social media, although police have not commented on its existence.

Lumpkin, 26, of the 2200 block of Holton Avenue, was identified as a person of interest Thursday after Henderson was found under the pavilion at the Chapel Oaks apartments in the 800 block of Buchanan Street.

Police released a photo of Lumpkin shortly after the killing and then brought a SWAT team and drones to the 1400 block of Greene Street, not far from the site of the killing, believing that Lumpkin was barricaded in an apartment at Villages of Hanna.

He managed to elude police until Friday morning, when he broke into a town house on Greene Street near the Villages of Hanna. He was detained for questioning about 10:30 a.m., according to Sofia Rosales-Scatena, Fort Wayne Police Department public information officer.

While Lumpkin was being questioned, Tianna Nechelle Marie Howze, 28, referred to as Lumpkin's girlfriend in a probable cause affidavit, was already at the jail after being taken into custody Thursday. She was charged with robbery Friday.

Court documents indicate that Howze, of the 1400 block of Greene Street, participated with Lumpkin in an armed robbery between midnight and 1:30 a.m., around the same time Henderson was killed. 

The robbery victim said she was arguing with her boyfriend in the 1400 block of Greene Street when Lumpkin and Howze came up on her. Lumpkin brandished and pointed a black revolver handgun at her and several other people standing near her in front of the apartments.

When the victim complained, Lumpkin placed the muzzle of the gun against her head and told her he was going to kill her, court records said.

“I have guys selling drugs out here and your (sic) bringing heat (a word used to refer to police),” Lumpkin told her.

Lumpkin then pistol-whipped the woman on the left side of her head at least three times and continued to hold the victim at gunpoint while Howze punched her several times in the head. Howze is also accused of swinging a keyring lanyard and striking her in the head with it, court documents said.

Lumpkin took her purse by force and handed it to Howze, who sorted through the purse, taking $30 in cash and a preloaded debit card worth $145.22. Howze then threw the purse on the ground, court documents said.

Lumpkin kept the gun on her while he told her that “he ran this place and she needed to leave while he watched her go,” court documents said.

The victim was able to pick her purse up and talk Lumpkin into letting her go back into an apartment to get the rest of her belongings. The victim locked herself in an apartment and didn't leave the building until she watched Lumpkin and Howze walk away with her money and debit card toward Chapel Oaks Apartments. 

The victim went to a hospital for treatment of a possible head injury as well as multiple scrapes, and bruises on the left side of her face and head. She also had a hole in her left ear large enough to put a finger through, court documents said.

Howze, who is pregnant, is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail and has a court hearing Wednesday.

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