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Bail set for suspect in robbery, shooting outside bank

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published November 13, 2012 at 9:40 a.m.


Little Rock police respond to a reported shooting and bank robbery at an Arvest Bank branch at 16107 Chenal Parkway.

Milton Xavier Parker

— A judge has set bail at $500,000 for a man suspected of shooting a man in the leg during a robbery outside a west Little Rock bank Monday afternoon.

Police, meanwhile, said a man who opened fire in an attempt to stop the fleeing gunman has been released without charges for now.

The suspected robber and shooter, Milton Xavier Parker, 22, was arrested a short time after the 1:35 p.m. incident outside an Arvest Bank in the 16000 block of Chenal Parkway.

Prosecutors said during a brief initial hearing in Little Rock District Court on Tuesday that Parker robbed and shot Mohamed Eid as Eid was depositing cash at the branch. In addition to the high bail, Parker was ordered to have no contact with Eid if he is released.

After shooting Eid, the robber then fled to a nearby gas station, where a bystander opened fire in an attempt to stop him. Authorities on Tuesday identified that bystander as 50-year-old Charles Stearns and said he was released without charges, though the case will be forwarded to the prosecutor's office for review.

Reached by phone Tuesday morning, Stearns said he had no comment.

Parker was arrested at an apartment at 15000 Chenal Parkway after authorities found a vehicle matching the one the robber left in at that address. Police say three people in the apartment registered to the vehicle were questioned with Parker ultimately being arrested and the other two released.

Prosecutors said during Parker's initial appearance that he has recently been released from prison on a separate aggravated-robbery case.


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picexpert says... November 13, 2012 at 12:07 p.m.

If they prosecute this guy for firing on a thug who shot someone, this would be totally wrong!

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SUPERDUTY says... November 13, 2012 at 12:21 p.m.

Too bad he was not a better shot.

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rainbowharold55 says... November 13, 2012 at 1:37 p.m.

Yeah, we need more reckless armed folks around. Maybe you would feel different if the guy shot and hit a person instead of the wrong car.

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RaylanGivens says... November 13, 2012 at 2:06 p.m.

Put him back in prison and let him rot; first time did not work

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MenLR2 says... November 13, 2012 at 2:56 p.m.

Let's set up a fund at Arvest Bank to fund Mr. Stearns shooting classes! Maybe he will hit the Bad Guys next time! But seriously, Thank You Mr. Stearns for trying to do the right thing,

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nginer2 says... November 13, 2012 at 9:39 p.m.

Charles Stearns should be prosecuted! Let's think this through. How did Stearns know he was shooting at a bad guy? What if he was mistaken and shooting at an undercover cop or an innocent person trying to get away from a shooting? There are lots of cases where a "hero" with a gun tries to intervene and decides on incomplete information that some other well-meaning citizen is the bad guy. And what if Stearns shot had hit an innocent person? Would we just say it was an accident and poor shooting and excuse him? The law says we can't hurt someone that is running away and is no apparent threat to anyone at that time. And, just because someone has done something bad doesn't give us the right to plug them. Stearns is certainly guilty of breaking several laws. We need him to be prosecuted to remind us all that there are bounds and responsibilities associated with the right to bear arms. His reckless, irresponsible behavior should not be applauded or condoned.

As for Parker, if he is guilty then I hope he never gets out of prison for a long, long time.

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NoCrossNoCrown says... November 13, 2012 at 10:08 p.m.

Bravo Nginer!! Finally someone who see's the danger in this wild wild west mentality that seems to dominate this story. There was someone at the shooting of the congressperson in AZ who pulled out his weapon and almost shot someone who they thought was a shooter but turned out to be another person caught up in the area of the shooting. Those who champion the thinking and even try to call this guy some kind of hero are sadly mistaken..
If his life had been in danger, he should defend himself and his family/friends with him.
But for him to endanger the public with his feckless behavior....there is no excuse!!!

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Walter says... November 14, 2012 at 11:38 a.m.

Let's see..., release him from prison from a seperate AGGRAVATED-ROBBERY charge,
he then ROBS and SHOOTS another person, so an understanding judge allows BAIL.

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