KETR Local
10:50 am
Wed April 12, 2006

Paris bank robber in good condition

Lamar County – A suspect in a bank robbery in Paris last week remains in good condition at Paris Regional Medical Center after taking a shotgun blast to the legs. 32-year-old Michael Allen Hammonds and suspected accomplice 25-year-old Robyn Ann Bradford have both had bond set at $300,000 in connection with the robbery of People's National Bank in Paris. Police say most, if not all, of $15,000 taken in the robbery has been recovered.

Hammonds sparked a manhunt along the Sulphur River bottom in southern Lamar County after the robbery and ran from police in a high speed car chase, eventually abandoning his car and accomplice after blowing a tire.

Local residents were notified of the manhunt underway, and when a strange man crossed the property of 34-year-old Johnny Piper, Piper warned him to stop and eventually let loose a single shot from a 20 gauge shotgun, breaking both of Hammonds' legs.

It is unclear whether Piper will be charged for the shooting, but officials say it is common for the grand jury to dismiss any charges in such a case.