Alleged thief and illegal gun carrier Cordarius Hayes didn’t learn much from his previous run-ins with the law, and kept up with his life of crime. Like most criminals Hayes isn’t terribly bright, and so when he decided to rob a grandmother at bank ATM, he didn’t happen to check to see if anyone else was around, much less the woman’s armed grandson.
Investigators said a woman was withdrawing cash from the Wells Fargo’s ATM between 10 and 10:30 p.m. when approached by a man at gunpoint.
After failing to surrender her money, the suspect began waving his firearm in her face.
According to investigators, the victim’s grandson, 24, withdrew his weapon and exited the vehicle. The suspect opened fire on the grandson, who returned fire and shot the retreating suspect once in the back. The suspect made it home and had his mother take him to a hospital in Prattville. He was later transported to Baptist South in Montgomery.
The suspect has since been released from the hospital, but remains under doctor’s care. Hayes currently has three pending warrants from the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, including failure to appear on third-degree theft of property, $50,000 bond; failure to appear on providing false information to a law enforcement officer, no bond; and failure to appear on carrying pistol without a permit, no bond.
“These warrants will be served on him as soon as he is released,” said Capt. Mike Granthum of the Sherriff’s Department.
Granthum said because Hayes failed to appear to court on his warrants the first time, he will not be able to make bond and will be held for court.
You may note that the grandson fired at Hayes as he was running away, but won’t face charges. Please not that is only because Hayes kept firing over his shoulder as he ran, and was still a lethal force threat. If he had any sense at all and simply ran, the 24-year-old would not have had a legal justification to engage Hayes.
Hayes is still in the hospital a week after the shooting, and will be transported to jail and face felony charges once he is released.