(Photo: John Young, KTHV)
Milton Parker is under arrest in the Arvest Bank robbery case in Little Rock. (Photo: Pulaski County Sheriff's Office)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A man is charged with a robbery in the parking lot of an Arvest Bank location.
One suspect is arrested and charged after police say he robbed and shot a man in broad daylight outside Arvest Bank on Chenal Parkway in West Little Rock.
"As I was getting out of my vehicle, I heard several gun shots. I heard one loud explosion, [like a] boom," said Stephen Bailey, an eyewitness who was filling up his gas tank across the street.
"Our victim was attempting to make a deposit [at the Arvest Bank]. The suspects grabbed the victim's bank bags. They shot the victim and then fled," said Sgt. Cassandra Davis with the Little Rock Police Dept..
Police arrested Milton Parker,22, Monday night and charged him with aggravated robbery, theft of property, first degree battery and possession of firearms. They say he and another suspect sped out of the bank parking lot toward the Kroger gas station just a few feet away. That is where a bystander decided to take action.
"It was a white car that drove full speed right by me and there was three other shots that came right after that as I was standing there. Those shots came from a doctor, an older guy that was trying to stop them," said Bailey.
But instead of striking the suspect's car, police say one of those bullets hit a parked car at the gas station.
"He did fire, it did strike a vehicle that was not related to the incident. We're very fortunate that no one else was hit by that round," said Sgt. Davis.
She says though the bystander has a concealed carry permit, he could still face charges for firing his weapon.
"We'll be sending that information to the prosecutor and it will be their decision to make as to whether charges will be placed on the bystander," says Sgt. Davis.
Police say the victim is expected to recover from his injuries but they are still looking for that second suspect.
This is not the first run-in with the law Parker has had. In June of this year, Sherwood Police say he approached a woman sitting in her car, waved a gun, and ordered her to empty her pockets and hand over her purse. He's facing similar charges from that incident.