A $150,000 cash only bond was set Monday for a Pine Bluff man accused of shooting a liquor store clerk Thursday during a robbery.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Tyray Drones, 39, with first-degree battery and aggravated robbery.
Drones, who is listed as an absconder by the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections is accused of walking into Liquor Mart at 3115 S. Olive St., just after 10 p.m. and shooting the clerk before fleeing on foot.
Detective Brandon Greene said in a probable cause affidavit presented in district court that the first responding officer chased Drones and positively identified him and Greene said when he and Detective Chris Wieland arrived at the store they found the clerk with a gunshot wound to the right leg and bleeding heavily They applied a tourniquet to the leg until emergency medical responders arrived.
Greene reported that the clerk said Drones had walked in and shot him without warning.
Store security video showed Drones enter the business with a gun drawn. The clerk was at the drive-thru window when Drones came around the counter and fired the shot. The video also showed Drones appearing to give commands to the clerk as the clerk limped toward the store’s freezer. Drones then went to the cash registers and made the clerk come back and open the registers. He reportedly took almost all of the money that had been in the registers and made the clerk get in the freezer.
The video also showed Drones reaching under the counter and taking something which officers later determined was a gun belonging to the store.
Drones was arrested Friday after police received information that he was in a room at the Quality Inn and Suites and was questioned later that day. After signing a form indicating he knew his rights, Drones said he had gone to the apartments near where Trotter Ford used to be t see a girl before going to Little Rock. He also said he never robbed the store.
He was previously convicted of robbery, theft of property and being a felon in possession of a firearm and served a prison sentence. Charges of terroristic threatening and being a felon in possession of a firearm are pending. Drones was ordered to have no contact with the victim until the case is settled. He said he would hire his own attorney.