Suspect in Robbery of Domino's Employees Pleads Not Guilty

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A local man accused of taking part in the robbery of two Domino's employees in Otter Creek early Tuesday morning pleaded not guilty and was ordered to be held on a $1 million bond Wednesday. 
Anthony Michel, 40, is charged as an accomplice with Capital Murder, Aggravated Robbery and Theft of Property. The incident took place as the employees were making a bank deposit. Neither employee was injured. 
Michel's accomplice,  Cornell James Drones, was shot and killed during the robbery. Police say the victims were able to turn Drones' own gun on him in self-defense.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A suspect is dead and an accomplice in custody following an early morning robbery attempt at the night deposit drop of a bank in the city's Otter Creek neighborhood.
The Little Rock Police Department (LRPD) says the suspect was shot shortly before 1:30 a.m. Tuesday by a Domino's employee who was making the deposit with another employee after a gun was wrestled away from the suspect.
Police say the suspect collapsed and died at the Love's Truck Stop about a mile away after driving from the shooting scene at the Bank of the Ozarks at 13415 Otter Creek Parkway.
The accomplice in the robbery attempt has been identified as Anthony Michel, 40. He was booked into the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility around 8 a.m. and faces charges of Capital Murder, Aggravated Robbery and Theft of Property. Police say he was arrested around 4 a.m. after being found hiding in bushes near the scene.
The suspect who died has been identified as Cornell James Drones, 35.
In a news release issued Tuesday afternoon, police provided more details about how the robbery-turned shooting happened.
The release states that officers were flagged down by Nathaniel Carter in the area of Otter Creek and Bass Pro Drive. Carter, 24, of Little Rock, pointed to a vehicle parked in front of his and said that the man inside had just robbed him. Officers found Drones lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his upper body, beside a Toyota Camry. 
Carter told officers that after Drones and Michel took the bank bag there was a brief struggle and Drones dropped his weapon. Carter said he picked up the gun and fired several shots in the suspect’s direction. Police say Michel was still armed with a semi-automatic pistol at the time. Drones then drove away and Carter followed him.
Carter was released pending further investigation and a file review by the prosecuting attorney’s office. 

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