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Two accused of ethnic intimidation in assault on Roxboro man

Posted April 10, 2012

— Two of three suspects arrested in connection with a violent assault on a Roxboro man last month have been charged with ethnic intimidation, police said Tuesday.

Brothers Christopher Lee Latta, 29, of Allensville Road, Roxboro, and Brandon Latta, 22, of Peed Road, Roxboro, were arrested Tuesday morning on one count each of felonious assault and ethnic intimidation in the March 31 attack on John Lumpkin.

Both are out of jail on $25,000 bonds.

Brandy Carol Walker, also of Allensville Road, also was arrested on one count of felony conspiracy. She is also out of jail on a $9,000 secured bond.

Police didn't release further details, including what might have led to the attack, but said more arrests are possible.

Family members, however, say Lumpkin was jumped in the early hours of March 31 outside a gas station on Durham Road.

Two accused of ethnic intimidation Two accused of ethnic intimidation

A police report says the Lumpkin told investigators that he was out with friends and got into a minor altercation with some people he didn't know. It's unclear, though, if that fight was related to the attack. The report goes on to say that the attackers kicked Lumpkin and stomped him in the face.

Lumpkin's mother says the suspects also yelled racial slurs at her son during the attack.

He suffered a swollen eye and injuries to his face. Most of the bones in his face were broken, as well as his nose, and he also suffered major damage to his sinus cavity.


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  • tiff8276 Apr 12, 2012

    allthingsarepossible you should check your time line when you say you had a problem with Brandy Walker cause as I am looking at it in 1998 she would not have been old enough to drive much less have a baby daddy. Looks to me you dont know what or who you are talking about and need to keep your mouth shut about things that you dont know. It is funny how out of all the people involved the supposed victim is the one that has a criminal record with assault, drug charges and DWI and was in prison. I also know there is more to the story that has not been reported or even asked about. It is poor investigating on the Roxboro Police and the DA that they didnt try to get the whole story of things. It was told to that Lumpkin was holding on to a white man while dragging him down the road from a truck and nobody has done nothing about that! Wheres the justice and the true story!!

  • shannbaybee1994 Apr 12, 2012

    Everyone is taking this all wrong according to the story I was told. Everyone that was involved had been drinking other than Brandy Walker because she is pregnant. This had nothing to do with race at all. Brandy Walker, who I'm told is married to Chris Latta, has a bi-racial child. The situation started at a bar and at a later time that same night continued at a gas station. This is what happens when you get a bunch of drunks together that are mad about God knows what. It could have started because of someone simply looking at someone else wrong. No one knows for sure what really happened and I think it is wrong for anyone to judge the situation until everyone knows what the REAL story is. I'm not taking sides, I'm just saying there could be so many reasons as to why this happened. Also, if it had been a white man being beat by a black man I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have made the news. All Roxboro ever gets announced for is ridiculous things like this, or a drug bust, etc.

  • mswayze Apr 12, 2012

    early hours of saturday...

    yea right, guess they'd ALL drank too much (or something-maybe the coke ran out).
    epithets or not.

  • caryzoo Apr 11, 2012

    ETHNIC INTIMIDATION??? It's a hate crime, plain and simple.

  • madalynnk11 Apr 11, 2012

    Hey now i've lived in Roxboro my whole life, never had a problem with a white or black, we all seem to get along just fine, there only a real reason to a true situation happening. and you people hating on us well were some pretty dang smart people!! So you people that wanna run your mouth get some fact first.

  • lenorajackson40 Apr 11, 2012

    yall so funny!!!!!

  • whatelseisnew Apr 11, 2012

    Yep, the only mistake they made was they did not beat up a white person. That would have been just fine.

  • BubbaDuke Apr 11, 2012

    Racism will never end. It's a Utopian pipedream that people will give up their prejudices and we can 'all just get along'. It's not going to happen, especially when the media and those who profit from stirring up racial hatred keep it front and center every day.

    Take our President for example. Imagine what he has learned from sitting under "Rev" Jeremiah Wright for 20 years. Wright, Sharpton, Jackson, our own tub of lard - "Rev" Barber - they all make a living off keeping the hatred brewing. But Americans are no different than other cultures. There is, and always has been, distrust, suspicion, and competitiveness between races and even among tribes. We may do a better job here in America at pretending we're civilized, but should our economy collapse or the government go bankrupt, our animal nature will take over.

  • loprestw Apr 11, 2012

    BLK007, You are right, its only a matter of time!
    "Police said they don't have a description of the suspect, but he has shoulder-length dreadlocks and was wearing baggy blue jeans and a hoodie with blue and white stripes on the sleeves."

  • barbstillkickin Apr 11, 2012

    You have got to be kidding me allthingsarepossible when you say blacks have no chance at jobs even if they are qualified over a white person. Let me point out something to you. I am white and educated but I was turned down for a job because they needed to put a black person in that position. How do I know this well lets just say the quota had not been met yet. The black person who got my job had only a high school education and did not have half the qualification I had. It is all about how many blacks are in different positions in the company. I was even told by my dear friend who was one of the people doing the hiring and she felt bad. White people do not get this same treatment and the blacks no it. I left the company because I have always felt people should be hired or promoted by experience not race.