RUSSELLVILLE — Two Russellville men, including one who was shot, have been indicted in connection with the robbery of another man in April.
Courthouse officials said Johnny Thomas Borden, 24, 100 Westside Plaza, Apt. 362, was indicted on charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree assault. The man Borden reportedly shot during the robbery, Mark Cooley, 51, Westside Plaza, Apt. 324, was indicted for first-degree robbery.
Authorities said Cooley is accused of setting up the robbery of a 20-year-old Russellville man that occurred April 7 at Cooley’s apartment on Clay Avenue, said Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett.
Investigators said Borden is accused of entering the apartment and robbing the 20-year-old man at gunpoint.
Russellville police investigator Sgt. Joe Hargett said Cooley was shot about 45 minutes after the robbery. The reported victim returned to the apartment to retrieve his cellphone after the robbery.
“At the time of the robbery, the victim ran out as soon as he got the chance and he left his cellphone behind,” Joe Hargett said.
Joe Hargett said Borden was still inside the residence when the robbery victim and a friend came back to the house.
“They came in and saw Borden still there, wearing the black ski mask he had on during the robbery and they started fighting in the kitchen,” Joe Hargett said.
He said Borden fired the shotgun at them but didn’t hit them. He said the shotgun blast went through the wall and struck Cooley, who was in the living room.
Cooley was shot in the stomach with a .20-gauge shotgun, police said. He is out of the hospital and has been arrested and indicted, police said.
Franklin County District Attorney Joey Rushing said the case could be placed on the December trial docket.
Tom Smith can be reached at 256-740-5757 or tom.smith@TimesDaily.com.