The man to last see Paige Johnson before she vanished in September of 2010 was recently attacked by a man wielding a tire iron. Jacob Bumpass thinks it might have something to do with the disappearance of the Covington teenager, but from the looks of the man who attacked him, there's just no telling. The guy looks crazed in his mugshot so who knows what was on his mind?
Jacob Bumpass had just been released from prison, where he's been since October of 2010, and was waiting for his brother to pick him up from his new job. That's when 49-year-old Thomas J. Snider come running at him with a tire iron, striking him in the back. He also hit Jacob's brother Caleb Bumpass in this attack. Jacob says that a profanity was yelled at him, but that's essentially all that was said regarding this strange case of assault. When police asked Jacob if there was any possible reason for this attack, he responded that it was "maybe because of the Paige Johnson thing."
While Jacob Bumpass doesn't deserve to be physically attacked for any reason, it's understandable as to why many people think he's responsible for Paige's disappearance. There are inconsistencies in the stories told by Bumpass regarding the last time he saw the missing 17-year-old girl. But cellphone pinging never seems to fail, and he is certainly suspicious.
At any rate, he's not in prison for her disappearance and his prison stay wasn't at all connected to her case. So to attack him based on this disappearance is kind of like forming a mob mentality against someone you think is guilty. Hopefully the man who did this feels some shred of guilt for behaving so poorly. For all that is known, Jacob Bumpass could be telling the truth, as unlikely as it seems.
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