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Pair charged for witness intimidation



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A Lincolnton man and woman are accused of using a baseball bat to intimidate an individual at their apartment complex, whom deputies said had taken out charges on the suspects earlier this month.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Julia M. Mitchum of West Highview Lane in Lincolnton, received verbal threats from two neighbors Friday morning while she went to retrieve mail from her mailbox.

The victim told deputies Jimmie Lee Allen and Crissy Nicole McCumbee approached her, McCumbee with a baseball bat and Allen with a chain wrapped around his hand.

The incident took place around 7:30 a.m., a Sheriff’s Office report said.

Mitchum told deputies the individuals threatened her because she had once filed charges against them.

The victim ran inside her residence until a friend arrived, the report said. The two then went to the magistrate’s office to take out misdemeanor charges against the suspects for assault with a deadly weapon and communicating threats, deputies said.

However, both Allen and McCumbee received an additional felony charge each of intimidating a witness.

McCumbee was also issued a misdemeanor larceny warrant for an unrelated incident that the Sheriff’s Office said took place at Wal-Mart in Lincolnton.

Each suspect remains behind bars under a $31,500 secured bond apiece, according to the county jail website.

The North Carolina Department of Correction website showed Allen has a felony record in the state for a drug-related offense in Gaston County in 2010. He also has misdemeanor offenses in Lincoln County for DWI and driving with a revoked license.

Deputy L. Leonard is credited with Friday’s arrests.


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