Would-be robber beaten, arrested


First Posted: 11/8/2011

LUMBERTON — A would-be robber was arrested after he allegedly shot a vehicle from an Interstate 95 overpass on Sunday morning, but not before he was badly beaten during a struggle with the occupants of the targeted vehicle.

Jimmy Locklear, 23, of Tinas Road in Lumberton, was charged with attempted murder and two counts of attempted robbery, according to sheriff’s Maj. Howard Branch. Locklear was held at the Robeson County jail under a $200,000 bond.

A photograph of Locklear provided by the Sheriff’s Office shows him with a bandaged forehead, bruises to the right side of his face and his right eye swollen shut.

According to Branch, Locklear was standing on an overpass near mile marker 25 and fired a shotgun round into a 1998 Ford Expedition as it traveled north under the bridge at about 6 a.m. on Sunday. In the SUV were driver Jane Cummings, of Lumberton, and her boyfriend, Kenneth Stackhouse, of Red Springs, Branch said.

“As they passed under the bridge at exit 25, they heard a loud bang and something strike the hood of the vehicle,” Branch said.

The gunshot disabled the engine, and the SUV coasted to a stop on the shoulder of the road.

“A few minutes later, a male subject came to the front passenger door of the vehicle and pointed the shotgun at them,” Branch said. “He said, ‘Give me your money or I’ll kill you.’

Branch said that as Stackhouse and Cummings exited the vehicle, Stackhouse “rushed” Locklear, and the two men began struggling over the shotgun.

While they struggled on the ground, Cummings pulled Stackhouse’s pistol from the glove box inside the vehicle, Branch said. Stackhouse and Locklear continued struggling until Locklear “quit,” at which point law enforcement showed up, he said.

Stackhouse and Cummings were not injured, Branch said, but Locklear suffered several injuries.

The week before, also on a Sunday, there was another shooting at the same exit on I-95.

On Oct. 30, a 20-year-old Lumberton woman was critically injured after being shot while traveling as a passenger in a southbound pickup truck near mile marker 25. In that incident, the pickup was traveling in the left lane and was approached in the right lane by a white sedan, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The injured woman, Samantha Freeman, was taken to Duke University Medical Center. Her condition on Monday was not available.

No one has been charged in that case.

Branch said it’s not clear if the two shootings are related, and that both are still being investigated.

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