Forfeiture of Alton home sought under 'Streetgang Terrorism' statute; Murder, shootings, beatings among crimes committed there

By Ann Maher | Jul 31, 2014

The Madison County State's Attorney and City of Alton seek to shut down a home located within 150 of an elementary school over gang-related activity including a first degree murder, mob action and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

The civil suit filed July 23 in Madison County Circuit Court seeks action under a city nuisance ordinance and the Illinois Streetgang Terrorism Omnibus Prevention Act.

It names homeowners Jaqueline K. Lumpkins and Sylvia Lumpkins, as well as Mikkel Lumpkins, Malik Lumpkins, Michael Lumpkins, Todd Lockhart, Deaaron Price, Montinez K. Knight, Marcus Baldwin and unknown members of the "Flyboyz" Streetgang.

It states that since Sept. 4, 2009, the Alton Police Department has responded to the residence at 1022 Tremont St. and the 1000 block of Tremont on 27 separate occasions - 21 of the incidences have occurred since Jan. 1, 2012.

A murder took place there on July 28, 2012, the suit says. Police responded to the 1000 block of Tremont after an individual later identified as Marcus Baldwin, son of Michael A. Lumpkin, had shot and killed Dantavier Thompson at the house.

"That upon being shot, the vehicle being driven by Dantavier Thompson crashed into the fence surrounding the playground located to the rear of Lovejoy Elementary School and collided with playground equipment," the suit states.

Marcus Baldwin was later convicted of first degree murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm within 1,000 fee of a school and is currently serving a 57 year sentence.

Among the dozens of other incidents cited in the suit, include a May 29, 2010, incident in which an 18 year old girl, who had been in a crowd, was shot in front of the house, She suffered injuries to her spine causing paralysis, the suit says.

On Feb. 19, 2014, officers responded to a call that shots were being fired in the 1000 block of Tremont. A subsequent investigation revealed that three or four gunshots were fired from a vehicle in the direction of Lovejoy Elementary School at a time when children were present.

On June 16, officers responded to the house and found that a man had been stabbed with various weapons including golf clubs, a chair, a bottle and a motorcycle helmet, by four individuals known to frequently be present at the house.

"That the defendants knowingly allow a large group of individuals to assemble at their residence on a regular basis for the purpose of engaging in activities that arise to peace disturbances and criminal activity," the suit states.

"That these activities have been memorialized in at least two music videos that were filmed while the individuals were present at 1022 Tremont Street."

The suit seeks in excess of $50,000 in damages from the defendants. It also seeks to have the house declared a chronic nuisance and be closed pursuant to city code, as well as to allow city and state officials to abate the nuisance, enjoin the use of any kind for a period of a year and secure the premises from defendants' further use.


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